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.

Articles by Mark Brandau
Dairy Queen
Frozen-treat chains prepare to serve pent-up demand
Dairy Queen, Rita’s Italian Ice executives discuss growth plans as winter thaws
Experts: Taco Bell breakfast a serious threat to McDonald’s 
Daypart rivalry intensifies as McDonald’s moves to defend its turf
Johnny Carino's parent Fired Up files for Ch. 11
Company seeks bankruptcy protection to help accelerate turnaround
5 controversial restaurant ads
Pizza Patrón, Carl’s Jr. and others cause a stir with commercials
Controversial promo a 'clarifying moment' for Pizza Patrón 
Chain reinvents itself as brand for Mexicans with plans to renew growth
Jersey Mike’s launches first branding campaign
Commercials tout sandwich chain’s food quality, Month of Giving fundraiser
What's next for McDonald's  2
Analysts speculate about possible refranchising, reorganization
The Cheesecake Factory
Consumer Picks 2014: Cheesecake Factory continues to lead Casual-Dining competition 
The brand scores highest with consumers for the third consecutive year
Sonic 2Q net income rises 35%
Same-store sales also rise on successful promotions
BJ’s launches first multimedia marketing campaign
"One for All" campaign targets several different demographic groups
Report: Wendy's now taking mobile payments
“My Wendy’s” smartphone app accepts payments at most U.S. units
Venti Tre
Fazoli’s opens fast-casual Venti Tre Modern Italian
New concept aims to “mirror the development of a Panera or Chipotle”
McDonald’s COO to retire
Departure of Tim Fenton spurs executive reorganization
Crimea crisis complicates restaurant business in Russia, Ukraine
U.S. brands monitoring tensions caused by economic sanctions
Report: Burger King to roll out mobile payments
U.S. units will feature the technology within a few months, according to Bloomberg
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