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.

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
investment mufso
How to navigate restaurant investment in a challenging year 
Finance industry veterans offer their takes on the jittery investment world
Hot Concepts: Fast casual, fresh and made from scratch
Five winning brands share path to growth
Hard Rock Cafe Hamish Dodds
Hard Rock International president and CEO to step down
Hamish Dodds will stay through early 2017 to aid transition
Diversified Restaurant Holdings names Phyllis Knight CFO
Knight replaces David Burke, now president and CEO, in a planned succession
MUFSO 2016 opens with celebration of Hot Concepts
57th annual event brings together nation’s foodservice leaders
Lemonade names new president, CEO
Co-founders to shift focus to food, culture, guest experience
How to win over the higher-income woman 
Whatever the restaurant segment, quick-service included, the higher-income consumer is looking for food made with premium ingredients.
Why your restaurant needs single-person households 
With so much focus on certain age groups, one consumer group can be easily overlooked: Consumers who live alone.
BJ’s Restaurants blames presidential campaign for consumer negativity 1
Operator pulls back on growth plans to focus on sales
Dunkin’ Donuts doubles down on beverage positioning 
Focus will be on iced coffees, convenience
Starbucks names Belinda Wong CEO of China division
Chain plans to reach 5,000 units in China by 2021

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