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.

‘Taste of Tomorrow’ event in LA to spotlight student labor
Organizers say higher minimum wages are expected to shut out young workers
Mendocino Farms receives investment from Whole Foods Market 1
Better-sandwich brand will open restaurants in grocery locations
California poised to ban routine use of antibiotics in livestock
Governor expected to take action on bill Sunday
Quiznos promotes operations, marketing executives 1
George Jeffrey, Susan Lintonsmith named to newly created roles as chain consolidates divisions
LeBron James signs endorsement deal with Blaze Pizza
NBA star is already investor and franchisee
Operators: How doing good can be good for business
Social responsibility is important part of business sustainability, MUFSO panelists say
Outback Steakhouse franchisee acquired by private-equity group
T-Bird Restaurant Group Inc. holds exclusive rights in California
Stumptown Coffee Roasters agrees to Peet’s Coffee & Tea buyout
Specialty roaster will join crowded coffee portfolio of JAB Holding Co.
Starbucks names Gerri Martin-Flickinger chief technology officer
Appointment comes at critical time for tech at coffeehouse chain
South Carolina storms take toll on area restaurants
Many establishments remain closed due to lack of electricity, water
Noodles & Company removes artificial ingredients from core menu
New brand platform highlights focus on “real food”
Survey: Consumer economic outlook remains lukewarm
Majority still see personal and macro conditions as fair or poor
Jamba Inc. CEO James White to retire
White to remain in role until company finds replacement
McDonald’s tweaks customized burger test
“Taste Crafted” now called “Chef Crafted Sandwiches” in some units
Noodles & Company debuts customizable kids’ meals
Chain also partners with nonprofit organization No Kid Hungry

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