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.

Noodles & Company to cut artificial ingredients from menu 1
Brand awareness efforts will emphasize cooked-to-order, non-processed ingredients
Noodles & Company posts loss in 1Q
Sales challenges limited to specific markets, CEO says
Denny’s: Revitalization efforts take hold
Systemwide U.S. same-store sales rise 7.2 percent during first quarter
Krystal names Tom Murrill chief people officer
HR veteran comes from travel industry
Denny's 1Q profit rises nearly 33%
Family-dining operator raises guidance for 2015 on strong performance
Inside Starbucks' first express unit in New York 1
Tthe 538-square-foot location at 14 Wall Street is designed for speed and efficiency
Starbucks opens first express unit in New York
Four more of the “espresso shot”-sized locations are scheduled to open this year
Habit Burger Grill 1Q same-store sales rise 12.6%
Transactions grow 6.8 percent at fast-casual chain
Two more Coco’s Bakery units close
New owners Food Management Partners face more legal challenges
IHOP names Darren Rebelez president
Former 7-Eleven COO replaces Julia Stewart, who had served in interim role
Restaurant Marketing Watch: Taco Bell takes to Periscope for brand news
Biscuit Taco freebie revealed via live-streaming app
Pick Up Stix unveils updated prototype
New look aims to build dine-in business
Jamba to refranchise 21 units in California
Company makes progress toward goal to be 90-percent franchised by fiscal year end
Good Times proposes $21M buyout of Bad Daddy's
Company already owns 48-percent stake in burger concept
Chipotle eliminates GMOs from menu
Company says it is first national restaurant chain to remove all genetically modified ingredients
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