Mark Brandau

Associate editor

Phone: 312.840.8435

Mark Brandau joined Nation's Restaurant News in 2005 as a desk editor, and since 2008 he has covered marketing and advertising trends for NRN and Following a move to NRN’s Chicago office in 2009, he began covering the largest foodservice chains based in the Midwest, including McDonald’s Corp. and Yum! Brands Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Buffalo Wild Wings 2Q net income rises nearly 44%
Brand benefits from sports calendar, commodities prices
NLRB: McDonald’s considered ‘joint employer’ with franchisees 2
Ruling exposes franchise brands to risks of ‘vicarious liability’
2014 Second 100: Unit-level trends 
Second 100 chains’ collective average growth in estimated sales per unit, or ESPU, decelerated to 0.7 percent in the Latest Year
Restaurant Marketing Watch: The power of familiar faces
NRN marketing expert Mark Brandau breaks down what you need to know this week
‘Meat’ Arby’s new marketing campaign, LTO
Sandwich brand launches Mega Meat Stacks with new creative
Report: Wendy’s testing customizable burgers
Chain joins McDonald’s in quest to bring fast-casual touch to QSR
Feeding the fracking boom 
Restaurant chains experience growth in smaller towns producing new energy
Krystal names Jason Abelkop CMO
Chris Kermode also tapped to lead supply chain
Restaurants spring into action for charity
Popeyes, Corner Bakery, Joe’s Crab Shack share cause marketing highlights
Domino’s credits same-store sales momentum for accelerated growth 
Nearly 50% of the chain's domestic sales are coming from digital channels
NPD: Restaurant traffic stuck in neutral 1
Foodservice visits flat in last 12 months, likely to remain stagnant
Wendy's drives engagement with 'Pretzel Love Songs' encore
Curtain call for Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger a hit with Facebook fans
McDonald's focuses on fundamentals to combat tough 2014 
Company looks to lay groundwork for major initiatives next year
Domino's Pizza 2Q profit rises 15.6%
Company continues add units, grow same-store sales
McDonald's 2Q profit dips slightly
Same-store sales flat due to traffic decrease, higher average check
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