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 exec placed on leave amid drug allegations 1
Mark Crumpacker indicted on charges tied to cocaine ring, report says
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Report: Chipotle executive indicted on drug charges
Mark Crumpacker tied to cocaine ring bust, according to New York Daily News
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Noodles & Company reports possible data breach
Customer payment data at restaurants in 28 states may be at risk
Chipotle chorizo burrito
Chipotle begins rolling out chorizo 1
Customers in Ohio, California and New York will be among the first to try the new protein option
Urban Plates plots slow growth out of California
Polished fast-casual concept aims for fine-dining quality, cafeteria style
10 takeaways in the battle for market share
See which Top 100 segments stole market share and which chains outperformed their direct competitors.
A look at market share winners and losers 
Seven of 12 categories showed growth in 2015
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 3
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
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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
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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

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