Mark Brandau

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 NRN.com. 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
Restaurants blunt the impact of menu price increases 
Menu innovation, creative approaches soften blow of higher prices
McDonald's global same-store sales rise 0.9% in May
Weakness persists in U.S., major markets
Tropical Smoothie Café: Menu innovation, financing drives expansion
CEO Mike Rotondo discusses the quick-service operator's aggressive growth plans
Sbarro emerges from Chapter 11 1
Pizza operator to move headquarters from New York to Ohio
Bee & Tea aims to make bubble tea mainstream
The popular East Asian beverage is gaining attention in the U.S.
Chili's, Sonic latest restaurants drawn into gun debate 
Brands have found message difficult to manage on social media
McDonald's refranchising plan underwhelms analysts
Company’s plan to increase shareholder cash and accelerate refranchising program lacks dramatic steps
Back Yard Burgers turnaround takes hold
Following bankruptcy filing, burger chain focuses on brand equity, franchise relations
Donatos Pizza rolls out more responsive website
Redesign aims for “ridiculously easy ordering” that adapts to multiple platforms
Pizza Patrón campaign benefits from ethnic focus 
The chain’s marketing for La Chingona pizza succeeded due to its specificity, officials and observers say
Famous Dave's appoints Ed Rensi CEO
Rensi has served as interim CEO for the past three months
McDonald's addresses pressures over wages, marketing
Company addresses concerns at shareholder meeting amid mounting criticism
Restaurants caught between franchising trends 
Competition for operators, franchisee consolidation lead to new industry dynamic
Carlson to sell TGI Fridays
Sentinel, TriArtisan come together to pursue acquisition of the casual-dining brand
NRA Show sessions emphasize importance of people
The annual conference, which attracted about 70,000 attendees, wraps up
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