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.

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Jamba Juice blames 4Q loss on refranchising
Company’s refranchising effort is now complete
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El Pollo Loco same-store sales rise on value focus
Chain to launch mobile ordering and payment this year
Taco Bell launches $1 Morning Value Menu  1
Chain fires latest shot in ongoing quick-service value war
CKE Restaurants to move headquarters to Nashville 2
Company declines to comment on potential layoffs as a result of consolidation
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Starbucks takes a hit for My Starbucks Rewards changes 4
Loyalty experts say the coffeehouse chain did the right thing
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Habit Restaurants grows traffic in fiscal 2015
The burger chain's traffic numbers decline in fourth quarter
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Starbucks COO Troy Alstead officially resigns
On sabbatical since last March, Alstead will not return
Casual dining looks to bar to shake up sales 
Chains renew focus on craft beers and fresh, seasonal cocktails
Noodles & Company still ‘under pressure,’ but gaining momentum 1
Same-store sales fell in the fourth quarter, but have risen in the quarter to date
Former Real Mex CEO launches new multiconcept group
Charly Robinson discusses plans for casual-dining F&D Kitchen & Bar, F&D Cantina
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DineEquity aims to ‘boldly change the story’ at Applebee’s 2
IHOP to begin remodeling program to maintain momentum
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Popeyes sets ambitious goals for growth over next decade
Global same-store sales increase 5.9 percent for fiscal 2015
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Starbucks to change loyalty program structure 
Members will earn rewards by dollar spent rather than visits
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Breakout Brands 2016: Sweetfin Poké
The founders of the fast-casual Sweetfin Poké concept are betting the raw-fish-based dish will have national appeal.

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