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Biography

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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Leadership

Jason Himber is promoted to CEO of Mina Group

After serving as president since April 2021, Himber will fill role that has been empty for five years.

Operations

How will automated makelines impact Sweetgreen’s growth?

Co-founder Nicolas Jammet expressed confidence that the two robotic units to open next year will unlock new doors to profitability.

SVP Stephanie Traut will take over leadership of operations for the fast-casual salad chain.

Metzger’s Bar and Butchery attributes concerns about the safety of staff for the decision to refuse service to The Family Foundation.

Three friends are building a fast-casual brand around oblong pizza, music, art and outrageous cinnamon rolls.

The free-standing building with a drive-thru could be one of several new formats for growth.

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.

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.

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