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.

Reach Lisa at or 818.728.9008.

Restaurant Marketing Watch: 4/20 becomes unofficial day of the munchies
Chains tap marijuana references for April 20 promotions
The Counter to ramp up growth with fast-casual sister brand
Two formats offer flexibility for U.S., international expansion
Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria co-founder named CEO
Glenn Cybulski to take helm as fast-casual pizza brand prepares to grow
Coco’s, Carrows closures prompt former worker to file federal lawsuit
Attorneys seek class-action status to include others impacted by mass layoff
Menchie’s CEO to debut fast-casual pizza concept
Amit Kleinberger’s MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza to open on May 9
Yogurtland looks to differentiate with menu extensions
Chain considers adding Greek yogurt, pastries, cakes, more
Jamba Juice to expand refranchising effort
More asset-light model aims to position smoothie chain for growth
Consumer Picks 2015: Looking for the new fast food 1
The movement toward real, simple food is driving whether a restaurant brand remains relevant
California lawmakers bring back franchise relations bill
Revised version aims to give franchisee more protection against abuse
Dunkin’ Donuts debuts mobile payment via Google Wallet
Customers can pay at locations or at drive thru with virtual card
McDonald’s, TGI Fridays ads most effective in 1Q
“Positivity” and mouth-watering food resonate with consumers, Ace Metrix says
Habit Burger expects 1Q sales to rise up to 12.6%
Company files preliminary results as part of follow-on public offering
Coco’s, Carrows closures leave thousands unemployed 2
Former employees tell of surprise shuttering of multiple locations
Johnny Rockets to open 100 units in China
Deal is joint venture with existing franchisee
Villa Enterprises looks to malls, airports for growth
Multiconcept operator builds portfolio
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Apr 17, 2015

Post Darden, restaurants more receptive to activists

Recent announcements by Panera, Jamba Juice show restaurants taking a more conciliatory tone with activists...More
Apr 16, 2015

All quiet as the Beard Awards stay in Chicago

The restaurant world seems fine with the Beard Awards gala’s prolonged sojourn in Chicago....More

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