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.

Keith Kinsey leaves Noodles & Company to lead Portillo’s
President, COO of fast-casual operator to replace founder, CEO of hot dog chain
2015 Top 100: Market share trends analysis 
More targeted snack-based, specialty and ethnic brands won in the battle for market share this year
Restaurant Marketing Watch: Wendy's breaks new ground with day of engagement, live stream
Chain taps YouTube stars Rhett & Link to help promote summer beverages
Survey: Consumers expect more tech from all restaurants
Amenities from Domino’s, The Habit Burger Grill, Ben & Jerry’s rank highly, Technomic finds
Tava Indian Kitchen closes on $4.5M investment
Fast-casual Indian chain plans growth, investments in technology
Honeygrow receives $25M investment
Existing investors increase stake in healthful stir-fry and salad concept
Starbucks to close all La Boulange units 2
Twenty-three unit bakery-café brand was not sustainable, company says
Panera campaign emphasizes commitment to food quality
Operator urges consumers to demand menu transparency
Starbucks expands mobile ordering to more states
Units in 21 additional states to offer ordering, payment via app
Fosters Freeze acquired by investment group
Group led by former multi-unit franchisee Kishan Patel to update 69-year-old brand
Smoke’s Poutinerie plans US expansion
Toronto-based fast-casual restaurant concept Smoke’s Poutinerie plans US expansion
Los Angeles approves minimum wage increase
Ordinance calls for gradual increase to $15 per hour by 2020
Planet Hollywood CEO opens new taqueria restaurant
Tequila Taqueria has “potential to expand,” Robert Earl says
Report: New York City may require salt warning on menus
Salt shaker symbol would appear next to menu items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of salt

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