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.

Bob Evans' weak 4Q could heighten shareholder unrest 
Activist investor Sandell Asset Management sparred with company before earnings report
Bob Evans 4Q net income plummets 47.8% 
Company challenged by winter weather, commodity costs in fiscal 2014
Report: Crumbs Bake Shop ceases operations 
Dessert chain crumbles after Nasdaq suspends listing; bankruptcy possible
Rita's Italian Ice names Eric Taylor CDO 
The chief development officer role is a newly created position at the company
Houlihan's prepares J. Gilbert's for franchising 
CFO Rob Ellis touts unit economics, business model
Restaurants known for indulgence pump up healthful menu items 
Buffalo Wings & Rings, Mooyah Burgers, Tokyo Joe’s aim to mitigate veto vote, maintain traffic
2014 Top 100: Why Buffalo Wild Wings is the No. 9 fastest-growing chain 
NRN takes a closer look at each of the top 10 growth chains from the latest Top 100 report
Restaurants challenged by patchwork minimum wage rulings 
Operators worry that city, state actions on pay are drowning out their concerns
Restaurants battle decline of social media's organic reach 
Brands form content, engagement strategies as social media goes paid route
Restaurant sales, traffic score with World Cup 
U.S. team’s performance, favorable timing of games attract customers
2014 Top 100: Unit-level trends 
This year’s universe of Top 100 restaurant chains posted the lowest average growth rate in estimated sales per unit
Bob Evans offers two board seats to activist investor 
Analyst predicts Sandell Asset Management will push for more control at upcoming shareholder meeting
Analyst: Modest inflation could favor restaurants 
Chains’ value perceptions likely to benefit from grocery stores’ higher pricing
Ruby Tuesday promotes Jill Golder to CFO 
Industry vet takes reins from Michael Moore, who retires in August
Report: U.S. restaurant spending rises 1.7% in 1Q 
Average check gains offset traffic decline, but U.S. trails global growth

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