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.

Chipotle names managing director for Europe
Jim Slater tapped to grow chain in the region
Chipotle executive returns to work following drug charges 3
Charges still pending for Mark Crumpacker, but are unrelated to work, company officials say
Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza names new CFO
Marty Morgan is first to hold the newly created position
Taylor Gourmet
Case study: How Taylor Gourmet solved a delivery pain point 
Dispatch adds new layer to third-party delivery options
Fresh Brothers in Laguna, California
Fresh Brothers gets new capital injection
Recapitalization will set pizza chain up for new growth
Chipotle to host second annual National Career Day
Goal is to hire 5,000 employees, despite ongoing labor challenges
Uncle Tetsu
Panda Restaurant Group founders to grow Uncle Tetsu 
Is America ready for fluffy, Japanese-style cheesecake?
Neil Checketts Kneaders Bakery & Café COO
Kneaders Bakery & Café names new COO
Neil Checketts promoted from vice president of food safety and quality
Chipotle settles nearly 100 foodborne illness complaints 1
“It was the right thing to do,” company executives say
Zio’s Italian Kitchen files Chapter 11 bankruptcy 1
16-unit chain owned by Food Management Partners
Starbucks logo
Starbucks CEO endorses Hillary Clinton for president 4
Howard Schultz has a history of supporting Democratic candidates
Activist investor picks up stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill
Pershing Square Capital Management sees stock as undervalued and attractive
Private-equity firm buys Wetzel’s Pretzels
CenterOak Partners takes majority stake from Levine Leicthman Capital Partners
Ralph Bower named CEO of The Melt
Former Pei Wei CEO tasked with leading fast-casual chain’s national growth
raw meat
Report: Restaurants need to be more transparent about food safety  1
Foodborne illness prevention likely to become key investor focus, Cornerstone Capital Group report says

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