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.

Popeyes finds balance between menu innovation, value 
3Q domestic same-store sales up 1.5 percent
Restaurant industry reacts: Donald Trump elected 45th U.S. President
Election also sees four ballot initiatives increase state minimum wage
Starbucks adds layer of premiumization with redesign
Executives say the new Roastery and Reserve concepts will open up new doors of growth in 2017
Restaurants win big on election night
Third party delivery players, chains expect election rush
Taco Bell to create 100,000 jobs
Operator focuses on hiring and retention as it eyes 9,000 U.S. units
Starbucks bets on higher-ticket future with premium branding 
The Roastery and Reserve concepts will hook consumers on better coffee, says CEO
Starbucks profits increase 23% in 4Q
The coffee chain’s same-store sales rise 4 percent in the U.S.
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Red Robin pushes value in traffic-boosting effort 
Operator prepares to build delivery, take-out and catering in 2017
Papa Murphy’s to launch first-ever national ad campaign in 2017
Competitive environment results in disappointing third quarter
Denny’s ingredient upgrades, remodels strengthen performance 
Family-dining chain’s same-store sales increase 1 percent in third quarter
Chipotle shareholders call to remove founder Steve Ells from board leadership 1
Activist groups seek support for installing independent chair
DineEquity challenged by price-sensitive consumer in 3Q 
Same-store sales fall 5.2 percent at Applebee’s and drop 0.1 percent at IHOP
Veggie Grill wins $22M in new funding round 1
Chain plans to double in size in three years
Chipotle Mexican Grill unveils turnaround plan 
Desserts are coming, along with better digital ordering and TV ads
Pieology names Clay Sanger COO
Fast-casual pizza concept taps former Panera executive to build infrastructure for growth

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