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, and more.

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Lisa Jennings

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This season's holiday bookings are looking merry and bright

Independent operators are hoping to capitalize on a return of both work and social gatherings, now that Covid is well behind them.

Emerging Brands

Savory promotes two execs as platform grows

Weeks after announcing its latest investment, the Utah-based multi-concept platform and private-equity fund names two finance leaders to new positions.

Being opportunistic with real estate requires flexibility with finding the right concept, contends Scott Slater. Is the ability to swap out brands a solution?

Detroit's Book Tower comes to fruition. Fontainebleau resorts brings big name chefs to Miami and Las Vegas. And Marcus Samuelsson's latest opens in New York. Here are the season's noteworthy openings—and some closures.

Nancy Kruse and Lisa Jennings debate the changing of the guard in food media as TikTok steals the show.

Brian Wheeler and son Jake Wheeler debuted the fast-casual Big Taco, with a simplified menu and an emphasis on service.

Breakfast Tater Tots topped with scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage debut at units in Chicago as LTO.

The Florida-based company has closed five underperforming restaurants and more may be shuttered. Meanwhile, chicken is coming to the menu to help turn things around.

This latest move in a series of deals will refranchise nine corporate locations and add another 13 new franchised units in Washington state.

Though Mediterranean cuisine has been growing across the U.S. for decades, the newly public Cava is drawing attention to the fast-casual niche. Here is a look at 8 growing restaurant chains positioned to ride the wave of interest.

Investment firm General Atlantic has agreed to take a majority stake in the global coffee, juice and sandwich chain with plans to expand franchising.

Executive Summary: A roundup of high-level job changes in the restaurant business includes a new executive for Dig.

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