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.

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
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

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