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.

Fired Pie pizzeria
Fired Pie receives investment from former Patina president
Frederick Wolfe takes minority stake in fast-casual pizza chain
Chipotle to launch complex loyalty program on Friday 1
Limited-time “Chiptopia” may be just what the chain needs to rev up its recovery
McCormick & Schmick’s co-founder Doug Schmick dies at 68
Schmick also served on several restaurant chain boards
Red Robin logo
Red Robin CFO to step down
Stuart Brown will vacate position in July for opportunity outside the restaurant industry
Restaurants show support for Orlando community
Darden, Chick-fil-A and Starbucks respond to tragedy
The Counter Custom Burgers logo
The Counter refocuses on burger customization
Chain rolls out new logo, uniforms, website and menu
Midici restaurant
Pizza concept Midici hits accelerator on growth 
Upscale fast-casual concept plans extensive franchising with only one unit open to date
Black Angus Steakhouse founder dies
Stuart Anderson also wrote two books about the industry
An inside look at The Crack Shack chicken concept
Six months after its debut in San Diego, in November, The Crack Shack is hatching plans for growth
The Crack Shack chicken
The Crack Shack plots growth along California coast
“Fine casual” chicken concept strikes a chord with upscale fried chicken in casual setting
Lemonade restaurant
Lemonade Restaurant Group wins another significant investment
Los Angeles-based investment firm Butterfly will help fast-casual chain grow
Roku restaurant
Innovative Dining Group names new COO
Nicolas Kurban, formerly of Four Seasons Hotels, will oversee domestic and international growth
Dunkin' Donuts On-The-Go mobile ordering
Dunkin’ Donuts rolls out mobile ordering and payment nationwide
DD Perks members can skip the line for quicker pickup
Starbucks partners with Anheuser-Busch on new tea drinks
Ready-to-drink products to debut in 2017 across retail channels
Quiznos CEO Doug Pendergast steps down
CFO Katie Scherping named in interim

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