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.

Elephant Bar files for Chapter 11, closes 16 restaurants
Operator seeks financing to continue operating remaining units
Red Robin chief development officer resigns
Todd Brighton plans to step down from the position in July
Report: Commodity inflation pressures industry to raise prices
Smaller chains outperform their larger competitors, according to latest NRN-MillerPulse report
ChocoChicken opens in Los Angeles
Chocolate-infused fried chicken concept from Umami Burger founder plans gradual expansion
San Francisco proposes $15 minimum wage 2
City may join Seattle as next major urban area to hike hourly base pay
BJ's mobile app aims to regain traffic lost to fast casual
Casual-dining concept taps mobile ordering, payment tech to speed dining process
Starbucks to open all-day La Boulange restaurant in Los Angeles
Reimagined version of the bakery-café concept scheduled to launch this week
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
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