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.

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
Executives reveal sales-driving beverage strategies
Officials from top foodservice companies shared successful approaches at the Beverage Innovations Roundtable at the NRA Show
Back Yard Burgers CMO adds COO role
Monte Jump lands further ops responsibilities amid turnaround effort
Bob Evans names Mark Hood CFO
Hood replaces Paul DeSantis, who resigned last month
5 factors that affect restaurant pricing strategies 
Technomic conference panelists share consumer trends that influence menu price decisions
Experts: Winter weather slowed macroeconomic momentum 
Technomic Trends & Directions session stresses restaurants’ need to regionalize plans
Wendy's to reintroduce popular pretzel sandwiches
Limited-time offers may become part of the permanent menu
IFA fights Chicago city council on $15 minimum wage proposal
Trade group suggests the ordinance discriminates against franchisees
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