Lisa Jennings

West Coast Bureau Chief,
Nation's Restaurant News

From the Los Angeles office, Lisa Jennings covers marketing and companies based in the West, including California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii. She also covers restaurant operators in California for sister publication Restaurant Hospitality.

Reach Lisa at or 818.728.9008.

Chipotle chorizo burrito
Chipotle considers adding chorizo to the menu 2
Addition is part of overall plan to bring customers back
MOD Pizza appoints IPO veteran Bob Barton as CFO
Barton will help set the financial stage for aggressive growth
Pacific Catch restaurant
Pacific Catch captures significant private-equity investment
Brentwood Associates plans to grow polished-casual seafood chain in new markets
Chipotle Teacher Appreciation Day
Chipotle offers teachers free food
Latest freebie is expected to boost improving traffic trends
Starbucks logo
Starbucks on loyalty changes: So far, so good
Shift is expected to fuel mobile order and pay adoption
Starbucks cups
Starbucks global 2Q same-store sales rise 6%
Consolidated net revenue increases 9 percent, reaching $5 billion
Taco Bell DoorDash
Taco Bell faces growing pains with delivery
A close look at the chain’s partnership with delivery provider DoorDash
Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh food
Meet the new Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh  1
New name, logo, menu and décor designed to spark turnaround
Johnny Rockets restaurant
A look inside Johnny Rockets’ new prototype
The chain revamps its 1950s diner to a contemporary burger joint
Johnny Rockets restaurant
New Johnny Rockets design kicks 1950s Americana to curb 1
Prototype in Syracuse, N.Y., sets stage for flexible new growth
Chipotle logo
Chipotle shareholders call for board shakeup 2
Independent directors cited need for more diversity
Starbucks Rewards app
Starbucks launches new loyalty program structure with app
During three-week promotion, customers can receive automatic gold status for a year
mom and baby
California boosts pay for workers taking family medical leave
Employee-funded program goes into effect in 2018

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