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 by Mark Brandau
Chipotle inks sponsorship deal with Major League Soccer
Fast-casual chain to run several promotions with the league and its teams
Pizza Hut tests interactive table for ordering, payment
Brand aims to enhance customer experience with new technology
Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger
Wendy’s Facebook campaign reaches more than 85M users
Chain finds success with mobile-focused Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger social media campaign
Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder
Popeyes CEO: Franchisees come first
Brand’s success driven by collaboration with franchisees
Restaurants, suppliers ditch ‘silent’ partnership 
Chains seek to replicate success of blockbuster co-branded menu items
NPD: Fast-casual restaurants lead unit growth in 2013
Overall unit growth in the industry remains conservative
Carrols narrows net loss in 4Q
Burger King franchisee reports modest increase in same-store sales
Wendy's 2013 profit soars on refranchising benefit
Net income also rose in the fourth quarter
Papa John’s expects momentum to continue in 2014 
Company attributes robust 4Q same-store sales to several factors
Domino’s Pizza sees record unit growth
Major expansion in U.S., abroad fuels best performance in years
Papa John's 4Q profit rises 8.3%
Company also selects new ad agency of record
Breakout Brands 2014: Rusty Bucket 
Rusty Bucket belongs to a 15-unit upscale-casual chain with plans to open 50 more locations over the next five years
World of Beer names Ken Cruley CFO
Beer-focused concept also hires new VP of marketing
Breakout Brands 2014: Tom + Chee 
Tom + Chee had humble beginnings, debuting in a tent on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati.
Bravo Brio 4Q net income drops on impairment charges
Same-store sales also fall at Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Brio Tuscan Grille
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