Bret Thorn

Bret
Thorn
Senior Food Editor,
Nation's Restaurant News
 

 

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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
Grilled steak and wine
Wines to drink with grilled meats and beets
Sarah Tracey of Bedford & Co. shares her pairings for a variety of foods from the grill
Barteca promotes Jeffrey Carcara to CEO 
Co-founder Andy Pforzheimer to remain as chairman
El Pollo Loco logo
El Pollo Loco 2Q same-store sales rise 2.4%
Company turns attention to underperforming Houston restaurants
A look inside the newest Eataly location
New York City venue focuses on breakfast and bread
Pizza
Papa Murphy's same-store sales fall 4%
Take-and-bake chain cites competitive market for sales woes
Menu Tracker: New items from IHOP, KFC, Popeyes, more
Corner Bakery Café, Genghis Grill, Newk's Eatery and more introduce new menu items
Eataly
Eataly's downtown New York location to focus on breakfast
Bread-themed space also to feature juice and wine bars
Bubbakoo's Burritos
Bubbakoo's Burritos opens first franchise
Beach-themed fast-casual chain plans to expand throughout New Jersey
Black Bear Diner names Tim Kaliher COO
Former O'Charley's executive to lead operational efficiencies as chain expands
Menu Tracker: New items from Pie Five, Taco John's, Dunkin' Donuts, more
Charleys Philly Steaks, Modern Market, Pollo Campero and more introduce new menu items
Hot chicken
Hot chicken blazes new trails
Nashville specialty takes on new forms as it spreads across the country
Newk's Eatery
2016 Second 100: Why Newk's Eatery is the No. 5 fastest-growing chain 
A closer look at the top 5 fastest-growing restaurant chains from the latest NRN Second 100 report.
New units fuel Bakery-Cafe growth 
Larger brands closed underperforming locations, and smaller brands opened new units
Menu, marketing moves elevate Family Dining 
Smaller regional chains reap benefits of such innovations as seasonal limited-time offers, local tie-ins
Better burger chains shine in Limited Service 
Cult brands get a boost from menu innovations and IPO buzz

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