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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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Operations

MOD Pizza acquired by Elite Restaurant Group

In a deal that aims to avoid bankruptcy, the Bellevue, Washington-based fast-casual pizza chain has agreed to sell 100% of its equity to a Southern California-based group that has owned brands like Slater's 50/50, Project Pie and Patxi's Pizza.

Leadership

Chipotle's longtime CFO Jack Hartung to retire next year

Adam Rymer, Chipotle's vice president of finance, will step into the CFO role in January, and the two will work together for three months to smooth the transition.

The spicy fast-casual chicken chain has signed a deal to open 60 restaurants in the region, with the first locations to open in London.

The menu transformation is exceeding expectations, but the brand has been in headlines for lots of other reasons. EVP and COO Debbie Roberts takes on questions about the test of par-baked bread, dough facility closures, the data breach and more.

Here's a look at the latest from Tiffany Derry in Dallas; Drew Deckman in San Diego; the Sarkar brothers in San Francisco and more.

The fast casual's ongoing menu transformation continues this week with new breakfast items, including CinnaScrambles with egg, cheese and sausage on a cinnamon roll.

The fast-casual chain confirmed corporate files were accessed in a security incident in March. Workers, however, were not notified until mid-June, the lawsuits contend.

A sophisticated attack robbed Gotham Bar & Grill of its payroll and forced the restaurant to shutter temporarily. Owner Bret Csencsitz wants others in the industry to learn from his mistakes.

In this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index, the Atlanta-based chicken chain remains the top-ranked limited-service chain. But its score declined.

The strategic partnership brings to 50 the number of restaurants within Baltimore-based Atlas' portfolio.

The platform company is almost finished assimilating its existing six brands. Now it's time to add to the family, said CEO Kelly Roddy.

A worker who was terminated when 48 restaurants were shuttered is seeking class-action status, saying the fast-casual chain did not give required notice.

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