Seven Qdoba Mexican Grill locations within the Central Valley are closing their doors, including the Turlock location on Countryside Drive, and will be reopening as Freebirds World Burrito restaurants.
Tavistock FREEBIRDS LLC has agreed to acquire the seven restaurants from Qdoba franchise 4G Management. The sites are located in Sacramento, Tracy, Fresno, Clovis, Turlock, and two locations in Modesto. The restaurants will be converted to company owned and operated Freebirds World Burrito locations and will open by the end of the year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dennis Graspointner, who owns the seven locations with his son Brandon, reported that he had sold the restaurants to the Freebird World Burrito company, as he and his son run another business that they felt was more important to put focus on.
“The Turlock location was a very successful location,” stated Graspointner. “We decided to sell it to another company knowing it would be a success.”
Tavistock Restaurants LLC owns and manages a portfolio of boutique restaurant brands across the United States including Abe & Louie’s, Alcatraz Brewing Company, Aquaknox, Atlantic Fish, Blackhawk Grille, CAFE del REY, California Cafe, Canonita, Charley’s, Coach Grill, FREEBIRDS World Burrito, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Napa Valley Grille, Sapporo Scottsdale, Timpano Italian Chophouse and ZED451.
Freebirds World Burrito is about awesome burritos (plus burrito bowls, salads, nachos and more) and freedom of choice. As guests join the queue, they are partnered with a team member, known as a “Roller,” who helps them choose from four sizes of burrito made from four possible flavors of tortilla.
Burritos are hand-rolled with the guest’s personal selection from more than 40 freshly prepared ingredients including grass fed beef, hormone-free chicken, or allnatural slow roasted carnitas, hand cut veggies, signature Death Sauce and Bad *ss bbq, queso and guacamole.
The restaurants have a free-spirited ambience with a rockin’ soundtrack, reminiscent of a late-’60s rock ‘n’ roll roadhouse. It’s Not Normal!® Each Freebirds World Burrito employs approximately 50 team members from the local community.
Locations and opening dates are as follows:
• FREEBIRDS Sacramento, located at 2281 Del Paso Rd, is scheduled to open on August 14,2012
• FREEBIRDS Tracy, located at 1920 W 11th Street, is scheduled to open on August 16, 2012
• FREEBIRDS Fresno, at 2784 West Shaw Ave in will open in late September, 2012
• FREEBIRDS Clovis, at 1755 Herndon Ave, will open in late September, 2012
•Two Modesto FREEBIRDS, at 3601 Pelandale Ave and 1707 McHenry Avenue, will open in late October, 2012
•FREEBIRDS Turlock, located at 3202 Countryside Drive, will open in November, 2012
According to Sara Barker of Tavistock Restaurants, the first 25 people in line at all of the openings of the seven locations will receive free burritos for a full year.
For more information regarding Freebird World Burrito, please visit www.freebirds.com.