Lisa Jennings

West Coast Bureau Chief,
Nation's Restaurant News

Phone: 424.278.1400

From the Los Angeles office, Lisa Jennings covers companies based in the West, including California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii.

Foodservice industry adds jobs in May
Nearly 32,000 jobs added during the month, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics
Starbucks invests in China youth development
Coffee chain’s program grooms Chinese students for future roles in company
Taco Bell to launch burrito-quesadilla mash-up
Company aims to “reinvent the burrito” with the new Quesarito
Tender Greens charts next stage of growth
Co-founder Erik Oberholtzer says the “fine-fast” concept is currently focused on expanding in California
Panda Express: Test kitchen, mobile app among latest innovations
The chain's recent push to remain relevant also includes online ordering and a new branding campaign.
MOD Pizza accelerates growth with $15M funding
Seven company-owned units, 50 franchised locations slated
Einstein Noah COO resigns 1
Emanuel “Manny” Hilario says he will seek new opportunities
Flynn Restaurant Group receives $300M investment
Deal with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan brings company’s value to more than $1 billion
Real Mex promotes Rio Gueli to COO
Gueli, formerly executive VP of operations, will oversee all brands
Noodles & Company to acquire 16 franchised restaurants
$13.4 million deal moves operations from franchisee Sagamore Dining Partners
Jamba Juice speeds national rollout of fresh juice
Brand positions itself as first chain to take “juicing” trend national
Smashburger names chief development officer
David Biederman is promoted to the newly created position
Real Mex relaunches Who Song & Larry's
Revamp part of larger plan to attract younger customers
Taco Bell names Brian Niccol CEO
Company president replaces Greg Creed, who will become Yum! Brands Inc. chief executive
Red Robin 1Q profit rises 26%
Same-store sales rose 5.4% at corporate units
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