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Lisa Jennings

Executive Editor

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Lisa Jennings, executive editor. Lisa Jennings is a veteran restaurant industry reporter and editor who covers the fast-casual sector, independent restaurants and emerging chain concepts. Her experience  includes other industry publications as well as the daily newspaper The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., where she was Food Editor. Her work has been cited in the Los Angeles Times, Business Insider, FoodBeast, The Huffington Post, Time.com and more.

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Plagued with legal problems and harassment allegations, The Willows on Lummi Island closes permanently

Owners of the tiny island restaurant and inn have donated the property to charity, and it’s unclear whether any potential buyer might reopen the luxury dining spot.


Delivery will be the last luxury to go, says Shake Shack CEO

Even as wallets continue to get pinched, Randy Garutti expects consumers to carry on with their expensive delivery-meal-on-the-couch habits.

McDonald’s and Chipotle add the thrill of mystery to their promotions.

The brand that began as a pandemic hobby has attracted backing from some of the same investors behind Blaze Pizza, Wetzel’s Pretzels and Dave’s Hot Chicken.

This offshoot of the full-service Tony Roma’s barbecue brand is designed for nontraditional and smaller spaces.

The former Mellow Mushroom exec will lead operations and training for the 27-unit brand in Georgia and Tennessee.

Post-pandemic consumers are embracing their favorite restaurant brands on retail shelves despite higher grocery inflation.

Here are the notable independent restaurants coming (and going) across the country in October and November.

The fast-casual chains will be operated by newly created operating platform Convive Brands.

Claudia Lezcano to replace Alex Munoz-Suarez at the helm of the David Chang-founded fast-casual brand.

As menu prices climb, this chain of micro cafes is positioning as a more-affordable alternative, hoping to become a daily ritual for Gen Z and Millennials.

3 takeaways from the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference 2022.

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