Freebirds World Burrito has signed its first franchise agreement, with plans to bring 27 of the fast-casual restaurants to the Midwest. Freebirds has grown to 67 corporate-owned locations in California, Texas and Oklahoma since it was acquired by Emeryville, Calif.-based Tavistock Restaurants in 2007, when the chain had only 19 units. Last year, the company said it planned to franchise the concept to speed national growth. The first franchise agreement is with FB Midwest Development LLC, ...

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