Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor,
Nation's Restaurant News



Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice. He joined Nation’s Restaurant News in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where he wrote business and food stories. His columns in NRN won the 2006 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best staff-written editorial or opinion column. A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in history, Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Menu Tracker: Restaurants introduce healthful items for new year
Better-for-you items target resolution-makers
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Arby’s franchisee to add 70 units in 7 years 1
U.S. Beef to double presence in Denver market
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Burger King franchisee buys 42 units in South
Cambridge Franchise Holdings now operates 85 Burger King restaurants
Zen Stefani dessert
Chefs combine nostalgia and seasonality in warm desserts
Comfort and sweetness satisfy customers, operators say
Menu Tracker: New items from Chick-fil-A, P. F. Chang’s, Starbucks, more
Baskin-Robbins, Johnny Rockets, Red Robin and others also introduce new menu items
Carla Hall, Ming Tsai to host 2016 James Beard Awards
Awards celebrate excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education
Chick-fil-A to introduce kale-broccolini salad
Quick-service chicken chain to remove signature coleslaw from menu
Women’s Foodservice Forum names new board chair
Wendy Davidson of Kellogg Company to head leadership development organization
12 fastest-growing restaurant delivery items
Take a look at the delivery dishes that grew most in popularity last year, according to GrubHub/Seamless
Prez Obama Burger
Good Stuff Eatery plans expansion
DC-based burger chain hires Andrew Wiltshire to spearhead franchising
Menu Tracker: New items from Taco Bell, Popeyes, Burger King, more
Arby’s, California Tortilla, Dickey’s Barbecue, others also introduce new menu items
Taco Bell Breakfast Crunchwrap
New Taco Bell ad highlights Breakfast Crunchwrap
Quick-service chain also introduces new Crunchwrap Sliders
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Bret Thorn, Nancy Kruse reflect on 2015 menu trends
Find out which predictions hit the mark, and which were off-target
Jersey Mike’s to offer HQ staff stake in corporate restaurants
Company president Hoyt Jones discusses plans to offer new revenue stream to office personnel
10 notable limited-time offers of 2015
Veggie sliders, loaded fries and spicy fried chicken were among the menu standouts

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