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Freebirds Expands To USC: 7-Pound Burritos For All

Its first location in Isla Vista was opened by two Santa Barbara locals, who later sold the brand to Tavistock Restaurants. Since the sale, the Mexican chain, which changed its name to Freebirds World Burrito, opened 44 restaurants in Texas, and hopes to do the same on the West Coast.

Unlike its 24-hour location in Isla Vista, the 2559 square foot USC space will be open Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. On opening day, January 13, 2011, Freebirds will partner with two L.A. charities, The Art of Elysium and Union Rescue Mission. Its newest location -- with a blue, multi-colored Volkswagen van, driven in from Texas and parked out front -- hopes to attract USC students, Angelenos, and a caravan of UCSB alumni.

Freebirds World Burrito: 3335 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles; (213) 746-1212.

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