Lisa Jennings

West Coast Bureau Chief,
Nation's Restaurant News

Phone: 818.728.9008 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.

Survey: Consumers to dine out more, spend less
AlixPartners finds that average consumer spending per meal is falling
Blaze Pizza to lead fast-casual pizza chains in units open
Chain to hit 50 units by mid-December; growth to accelerate in 2015
Restaurant Marketing Watch: Carl’s Jr. to go all natural
All-Natural Burger features grass-fed, free-range beef that has been raised without added hormones, antibiotics or steroids
More menu labeling details emerge
Several parts of federal rules remain unclear
Chick-fil-A rolls out mobile payment
Order-ahead option to be available nationwide in 2016
Starbucks: Mobile, food sales to drive growth
Company will also expand premium coffee line, dayparts as part of five-year plan
Latest minimum wage strikes expand beyond restaurant industry
Demonstrations calling for $15 hourly wage reach an estimated 190 cities
Taco Bell to go global
Leadership changes spur a plan to open 1,300 restaurants overseas
Restaurant Marketing Watch: Noodles & Company shifts marketing message
Company to focus more on quality of ingredients
Hard Rock names new COO of corporate cafes
Michael Beacham moves from franchise side to oversee growth
McDonald’s introduces clementines as Happy Meal option
Seasonal menu item is latest move in chain’s child nutrition efforts
Dunkin’ Donuts continues California expansion
Five new agreements will bring 63 more locations to West Coast
Restaurant Marketing Watch: Operators try to stand out with gift card offers
Restaurants angle to get larger piece of overall gift card purchases with special offers, features
President Obama to address immigration with executive order
Move could hurt long-term reform, restaurant industry members, Republican lawmakers say
Habit Burger raises $90M in public debut
Share price more than doubles in opening day pop
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