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.

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
Yum, McDonald's embroiled in Chinese supplier controversy  1
Companies drop meat vendor amid food safety investigation
Lessons on landing the big franchisee 
Emerging brands stress systems, values, exclusivity to attract multiunit partners
Yum bullish on China recovery, Taco Bell breakfast 
Pizza Hut in need of turnaround after “disappointing” second quarter
Yum 2Q profit grows 18.9% 
“Bounce-back year” gains momentum
Survey: McDonald's franchisees report dire outlook 
Janney lowers same-store sales estimates after operators warn bad June, July results
Top restaurant ads accentuate brand strengths 
Brands break through by emphasizing core attributes, Ace Metrix finds
Burger King adds delivery in Atlanta, Fresno 
Market-by-market rollout gains momentum
Analyst: Chick-fil-A poses serious threat to McDonald's 
Chicken chain’s growth could soon cut into burger giant’s market share
Bojangles' opens 600th restaurant 
Company continues march toward $1B in annual sales
Bankrupt Crumbs reaches financing deal 
Marcus Lemonis joins Dippin’ Dots owner to acquire, revive cupcake chain
Così names Scott Carlock CFO 
Carlock replaces current CFO Bill Koziel at new Boston headquarters
Potbelly predicts soft 2Q same-store sales 
Analysts reduce price targets after chain lowers 2014 earnings guidance
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McDonald's and the problem with same-store sales

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