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.

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Kruse/Thorn: Calling out overused restaurant jargon 5
Efforts at culinary correctness result in an annoying restaurant vocabulary
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Genghis Grill reports data breach
Four restaurants in the Dallas area affected
Hot Concepts 2016: Fast-casual concept The Little Beet marries culinary credentials with healthful philosophy
The concept serves a varied and customizable menu of lean meats and fish raised without antibiotics
Hot Concepts 2016: Healthful fast-casual concept Honeygrow eyes sweet growth ahead
The concept has caught the eye not only of its customers, but of investors
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McAlister’s Deli debuts chalkboard-style menu boards
Company says new layout and categories improve throughput and customer satisfaction
Menu Tracker: New items from Dairy Queen, Bob Evans, Joe's Crab Shack, more
Restaurant chains from Snuffer's to Fogo de Chão introduce new menu items
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Bob Evans streamlines menu design
Smaller menu aims to be more user-friendly
Dig Inn names Irene Cook COO
Former Panera Bread executive to oversee operations and human resources
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Consumer spending on cider soars 320%
Apple- and pear-based alcoholic beverages see popularity spike over five-year period
KFC taps comedian Rob Riggle as new Colonel 1
Meet the latest iteration of the iconic mascot
Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy's, Subway, The Cheesecake Factory, more
Restaurant chains from Planet Smoothie to Il Fornaio introduce new menu items
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Extraordinary sides earn their keep 
A once-forgotten category raises eyebrows and check averages
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Smoothie King CEO talks turnaround progress 
Expansion underway with prototype, logo, menu strategy and vision
Menu Tracker: New items from Starbucks, Arby's, First Watch, more
Restaurant chains from The Habit Burger Grill to Peet's Coffee introduce new menu items
Chains roll out pumpkin spice treats for the fall
Doughnuts, ice cream, pies and drinks feature cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger

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