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.

Mississippi state capitol
Mississippi governor signs ‘Freedom of Conscience’ act 3
Opponents say bill would allow restaurants to discriminate against LGBT patrons
Massive menu at The Cheesecake Factory drives major customer satisfaction
The Cheesecake Factory’s broad menu of more than 250 items made from scratch sets the brand apart
California Governor Jerry Brown
California governor signs historic minimum wage bill
Supporters say the time has come for a $15 per hour rate
El Pollo Loco logo
El Pollo Loco COO steps down
Kay Bogeajis departs to pursue personal interests, company says
Robeks president
Robeks promotes CFO to president
David Rawnsley is also a franchise operator for the brand
Smashburger exterior
Restaurant chains face a challenge of staying relevant 2
Restaurant brands race to keep up with changing consumer preferences
Dunkin’ Donuts makes gains on California expansion 1
25 units open in Golden State and more than 300 coming
California State Capitol building
California lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage
New York lawmakers announce similar negotiated deal
Chipotle restaurant sign
Chipotle tests new beverage lineup at Denver unit
Master sommelier tweaks alcohol offerings and sodas
Chipotle logo
Report: Chipotle considers stepping into ‘better burger’ realm 3
Trademark application reveals potential new concept
ONE Group names new COO
Alejandro Munoz-Suarez replaces John Inserra effective March 31
Beefy Crunch Burrito
Taco Bell brings back Beefy Crunch Burrito
Marketing campaign promotes the rabid fans behind menu item
restaurant menu
Analyst: Menu price hikes needed to offset Calif. wage increase 2
Maxim Group analyst says restaurants would have to raise prices nationally
California Capitol Building
It's official: California goes for $15 minimum wage 1
Gov. Jerry Brown announces agreement between lawmakers, union leaders
California State Capitol
Report: California lawmakers, union leaders strike deal to raise minimum wage
Tentative agreement calls for $15 hourly minimum wage by 2022, Los Angeles Times reports

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