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.

Bill Chait, Restaurateur
The Power List 2016: Bill Chait 
Branching out after reshaping the L.A. dining scene
The Power List 2016: Lenny Comma 
Re-energizing brands by shifting focus from discounts to food
The Power List 2016: Micky Pant 
Working to rebuild a global success story
The Power List 2016: Elizabeth Smith 
Leading the charge to overcome the casual-dining segment slowdown
Gus Lopez of Amazon Restaurants
The Power List 2016: Gus Lopez 
Transforming the delivery game for independent restaurants
Prahar Shah
The Power List 2016: Prahar Shah 
Doing delivery fast, cheap and without permission
Dawn Sweeney
The Power List 2016: Dawn Sweeney 
Championing foodservice in the face of escalating industry threats
The Power List 2016: Sam Fox 
Staying ahead of the curve by divining next big trends
Ker's WingHouse plots growth trajectory 
NFL vet Crawford Ker to remain CEO for expansion following sale
Denny's Latino Facebook page speaks Hispanic consumers' language 
VP of marketing John Dillon discusses company strategy of marketing to Hispanics on the social network
Johnny Rockets names Joel Bulger CMO 
Chief marketing officer is a new position for the brand
Buffalo Wild Wings 2Q net income rises nearly 44% 
Brand benefits from sports calendar, commodities prices
NLRB: McDonald’s considered ‘joint employer’ with franchisees  5
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

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