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 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.

Posts by Mark Brandau

in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook Feb 08, 2013

Highlights from Smart Social 2013

Brand marketers and agency executives gathered at Expion's 2013 Smart Social Summit in Raleigh, N.C., to learn different ways to elevate their social....More
in Reporter's Notebook Oct 03, 2012

Why Jimmy John's is putting Champaign on ice

Jimmy John Liautaud slams Illinois tax policy....More

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