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.

Fast-casual pizza players dominate Next 20 
The rapid increases in sales and unit count at these chains shows no sign of slowing
Young chains bring new energy to Next 20  1
Fast-casual pizza chains top growth charts
Taco John’s president/CEO steps down
Jeff Linville will be replaced by CFO Jim Creel, who was promoted to president
Judge overrules attempts to dismiss Los Angeles antitrust case
Lawsuits charges restaurants with price fixing for discussing healthcare surcharge
Jinya Ramen Bar's Tonkotsu Black bowl
Jinya Ramen Bar plans coast-to-coast growth 
Franchised brand introduces tonkotsu bowls to the masses
Blaze Pizza opens 150th unit at Disney Springs
Blaze Pizza opens 150th unit at Disney Springs
Chipotle to offer ‘Happy Four Hours’ in Midwest 2
Promotion is latest effort to drive traffic
Red Robin explores delivery, online ordering 
Refocusing on value and speed will also help regain mojo, CEO says
Red Robin names Denny Marie Post CEO
Post replaces Steve Carley, who is retiring, in a planned succession
Laurel Point
Grill Concepts launches new seafood restaurant
Laurel Point is operator’s latest addition to Millennial-friendly portfolio
Chipotle Mexican Grill logo
Chipotle expands tuition reimbursement for workers
Partnership with Guild Education significantly reduces employee education costs
Tasty Burger and Tasty Made
Tasty Burger challenges Chipotle’s Tasty Made name, logo 3
Six-unit operator files cease-and-desist letter, citing trademark violations
Noodles & Company to streamline menu, slow unit growth
CMO is latest executive to depart in corporate restructuring
Jack in the Box food improvements pay off
Chain’s balance between premium and value proves to be useful weapon in discount wars
The Habit Burger Grill
Habit Burger Grill pledges to sidestep discount wars 
Focus on quality and value boosted 2Q same-store sales, CEO says

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