Mark Brandau

Midwest Bureau Chief, Nation’s Restaurant News

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.

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Jun 27, 2013

Panda puts it to a vote

Quick-service chain answers outcry over brown fried rice with an in-store referendum, tracking sales of white versus brown, with the winner staying....More
May 17, 2013

Blazing a trail with Breadcrumb?

Groupon pitches Breadcrumb POS app for tablets as ordering and payment solution of the future. Will chain restaurants go along?....More
May 07, 2013

The strongest Yard

Speaking at the Robert W. Baird Growth Stock Conference, Darden chief Clarence Otis touts Yard House's long-term potential for driving Specialty....More
May 02, 2013

Finding answers for mobile search

New studies from SinglePlatform and Google show restaurants are some of the most-searched businesses on smart-phone browsers and apps, clarifying....More
Apr 22, 2013

Tough-luck clucks in China

Like market leader KFC, McDonald's first-quarter same-store sales slipped in China, but its non-chicken offerings could spell relief faster for the....More
Apr 10, 2013

Oh no-no they didn't!

Domino's Pizza may be the first restaurant to take a swing at real-time social-media marketing with the DomiNoNo pan pizza giveaway....More
Apr 02, 2013

Domino's dishes out a spoiler

Little Caesars introduced Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza with signature convenience and value, but Domino's might have already won the quality message with....More
Mar 19, 2013

"Idol" hands Rita's an opportunity

Rita's Italian Ice turns exposure from Lazaro Arbos' run on "American Idol" into opportunity for cause marketing....More
Mar 05, 2013

Paying close attention

White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson on how a federal minimum-wage increase could hinder chain's efforts to provide for employees....More
Feb 15, 2013

Enough Friends to do the job

Family signs 5-unit franchise deal with Toppers Pizza and grooms their children to be operators....More
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