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
Red Lobster chef talks menu revamp
Dustin Hilinski says the chain is refocusing on its seafood expertise
Top 5 breakfast trends for restaurants
Ethnic flavors, healthfulness and portability expected to be key this year.
Breakout Brands 2015: 100 Montaditos
Variety, distinctive offerings and reasonable prices position Spanish chain 100 Montaditos for expansion in the United States
Menu Tracker: New items from IHOP, Newk's, Dunkin' Donuts
Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Buffalo Wings & Rings, more also introduce new menu items
Specialty coffee on the rise at restaurants
Chains introduce improved brews, flavored coffees
Johnny Rockets names president of operations, development
James Walker promoted to newly created position
Top 15 drink trends for restaurants
Local beer and spirits, in-house craftsmanship key trends
Menu Tracker: New items from Tim Hortons, Friendly's, Del Frisco's Grille, more
Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jack in the Box, others also introduce new menu items.
NRA advocates for simplified employment verification
Association testifies before House subcommittee
Famous Dave’s tests shareable menu items
Chain aims to drive incremental sales
The Melting Pot tests kitchen entrées
Fon-Done menu items aim to increase visit frequency
Foodservice experts share energy-efficient restaurant trends
Featured speakers discuss the ways energy-efficient equipment can save money despite higher initial cost
Menu Tracker: New items from Planet Smoothie, Sbarro, Umami Burger
Wendy's, Jamba Juice, Taco Bell, others also introduce new menu items
Pubbelly to launch cruise ship concept
Miami Beach-based operator also makes plans to expand in Mexico
Restaurant Menu Watch: Bone broth trend is nothing new
The latest trendy food is arguably the most mundane one yet
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