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
Potbelly eyes Oklahoma City for franchise growth
Company aims to accelerate expansion for emerging franchise system
Così names largest franchisee CEO
R.J. Dourney’s Hearthstone Associates operates 13 Così units
3 ways franchisors can avoid ‘vicarious liability’ lawsuits
Lawyers offer tips after suits are brought against McDonald’s
Tilted Kil
Restaurant March Madness promotions go beyond basketball
Chains anticipate strong month as sports tournament, St. Patrick’s Day coincide
Così net loss worsens in 2013
Same-store sales drop further in 2014 due to severe winter weather
Lawsuits against McDonald’s threaten 'vicarious liability'
Employees accuse company, franchisees of wage theft in seven cases
Restaurants manage through winter challenges 
Operators upbeat on recovery from past two quarters
NPD: Breakfast led restaurant traffic growth in 2013
Customer visits during lunch and dinner declined during the year
Sbarro files for Chapter 11, vows quick recovery
Prepackaged reorganization plan designed for quick exit, focus on turnaround
McDonald’s introduces Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich
Premium LTO rollout follows 1.4-percent same-store sales decline in February
Report: Sbarro may file for Ch. 11 bankruptcy
Wall Street Journal says company is soliciting votes for restructuring plan
Report: McDonald's tests new breakfast pastries
Chain reportedly offering Petite Pastries in San Diego market
Buffalo Wild Wings ramps up tablet rollout
Casual-dining chain to have tabletop computers in 500 restaurants by 2015
Culver's CEO shares what’s next after reaching 500 units
30-year-old quick-service brand plans more growth ahead
Bob Evans looks to bounce back from tough winter 
Company aims to benefit from completion of remodels, other initiatives
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