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.

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 5
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
Wage hike debate continues on both coasts
California, Massachusetts and New York consider hourly pay increases
Underperforming Coco’s and Carrows restaurants shuttered 2
New owner Food Management Partners says closures necessary for sustainability
Smashburger CEO details 2015 growth strategy
Fast-casual burger chain to test loyalty program, debut in UK
Jamba Juice to refranchise 100 units for $36M
Buyer Vitaligent LLC to acquire locations in some California markets
First round of McDonald’s ‘joint employer’ hearings held
Landmark case may determine if operators could be liable for franchisees’ employment practices
Seattle’s $15 minimum wage phase-in begins April 1 1
Industry will find a way to adapt, says Washington Restaurant Association
Noodles & Company to offer noodle-free options
New “Buff Bowls” menu items aimed at anti-carb crowd
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Blogs & Commentary
Apr 23, 2015

McDonald's performance is worse than you think 1

McDonald's U.S. same-store sales fell 2.6 percent in the first quarter. But factor out breakfast, and the number is worse....More
Apr 23, 2015

Fertitta plans 10-acre Houston development, 1st Mastro’s in Texas

The development will combine a luxury hotel with offices and residential and retail offerings....More

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