Bret Thorn

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.

Articles
Boston’s Restaurant streamlines menu
Updated offerings include housemade hamburger and sauces, thin-crust pizza, lighter items
LYFE Kitchen readies first New York restaurant
Cofounder Mike Donahue discusses the chain’s first unit in the Northeast
Restaurants could be leaving sandwich revenue on the table 
Consumers are still making the majority of their sandwiches at home, Datassential survey finds
Menu Tracker: New items from Church's, Bonefish Grill, Wendy's
Chains introduce new burgers, pizzas, burritos and more
NPD: Fast-casual, Mexican QSR, bakery/café 3Q traffic grows
Overall restaurant visits flat during quarter
Restaurants extend Thanksgiving-themed LTOs beyond holiday
Turkey, cranberry, sweet potato and more appear in seasonal menu items
Restaurant Menu Watch: Despite similarities, chains’ pastries skirt ‘Cronut’ name

A year and a half ago, New York-based pastry chef Dominique Ansel unleashed the Cronut on the world. The croissant-doughnut hybrid — flaky, fried and filled with pastry cream — has been copied by supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants across the world, but the original still has customers lining up at Ansel’s SoHo bakery, buying them for $5 apiece.

In recent months, at least three national restaurant chains have tried to get in on the action.

Bret Thorn, Nancy Kruse debate the restaurant industry’s attitude toward Gen X

NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn says restaurants are ignoring an important demographic.

Nancy, we’ve known each other for quite a while, but you probably don’t know that I have a simmering rage inside me.

Menu Tracker: New items from Arby's, Caribou Coffee, Culver's, more
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Pie Five Pizza, The Counter also introduce new menu items.
Zoe’s Kitchen expects robust 3Q same-store sales
Fast-casual operator releases preliminary quarterly report
Yogurt
NPD reveals top 10 foods of the decade
Report shows convenient, portable items gaining popularity
Pizza Hut to relaunch menu with premium, lighter items
“Flavors of Now” Menu to debut Nov. 19
Subway executive chef talks sandwich trends 
Chris Martone says pepperoni, spicy flavors are popular among the chain’s customers
Report: Seafood consumption declines
Health, safety confusion contribute to trend, National Fisheries Institute says
Menu Tracker: New items from Red Lobster, Peet's, Veggie Grill
Dunkin’ Donuts, Brick House Tavern + Tap, Dairy Queen, Fogo de Chão also introduce new menu items
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