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, Mr. Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Articles by Bret Thorn
Menu Tracker: New items from Au Bon Pain, California Tortilla, more
Caribou Coffee, First Watch, Hooters, Marco’s Pizza, Pie Five, Red Robin, Smoothie King also introduce new menu items.
Consumer Picks 2014: Ruth's Chris Steak House leads Fine-Dining ranking 
Ruth’s Chris Steak House maintained its grip on the top spot
Consumer Picks 2014: Original Pancake House leads Family-Dining ranking 
The Original Pancake House ousted Cracker Barrel Old Country Store from its No. 1 position
Caribou Coffee debuts new lunch sandwiches
Bakery-café chain one of several in segment to upgrade menu
Cocktails featuring tropical fruit, berries garner buzz
Whiskey, champagne also popular among consumers, newBrandAnalytics finds
Restaurants participate in Great American Meatout
Chefs, municipalities encourage consumers to skip meat for one day
4 rising restaurant bread trends 
Chains and independents bake up pretzel, ciabatta, whole grain, focaccia breads
Hooters' Buffalo Chicken Dip
Hooters emphasizes quality with March Madness specials
Chain brings more food prep in-house, executive chef Gregg Brickman says
James Beard Foundation names 2014 award finalists
Majority of this year's finalists are repeat nominees
Bakery-café chains aim to broaden appeal
Au Bon Pain, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, more introduce light and indulgent items for breakfast and lunch
Why ramen is trending in U.S. restaurants
Japan's late-night noodle stirs passions in several American cities
Nancy Kruse, Bret Thorn debate the state of restaurant service
Menu trend analyst Nancy Kruse and NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn discuss the state of service
Einstein Bros. Bagels' lower-calorie Thintastic Bagels were introduced earlier t
Survey: Restaurants to offer more low-calorie, gluten-free items
Outlook for organic products less clear, SpenDifference finds
Menu Tracker: New items from Applebee’s, Wendy's, more
Boston’s, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Del Taco, Fuddrucker’s, Togo’s, Tropical Smoothie Café also introduce new menu items
Chef–restaurateur Marc Murphy
Chef Marc Murphy charts 10 years of growth
Chef–restaurateur discusses New York City restaurants Landmarc, Ditch Plains, Kingside
Free eNewsletters! 
Want the latest in the world of foodservice news & trends? 
Check out our e-newsletters

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×