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.

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The chain, founded in Belgium, has bakery-cafe and casual-dining characteristics
Omni boosts cocktail sales 20% with simpler menu
Beverage program focuses on classic recipes, accurate execution
Schlotzsky's, TCBY test co-branded units
Single-market test aims to increase check average, traffic
Beer pairings: Publik Draft House
Owner Eddie Johnson pairs short-rib sliders with ale at the Atlanta establishment
Menu Tracker: New items from Au Bon Pain, Baskin-Robbins, more
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Celebrating the 2014 James Beard Award winners
Annual gala honors chefs, restaurateurs, foodservice industry professionals
Meet the 2014 James Beard Award winners
Annual gala honors chefs, restaurateurs, foodservice industry professionals
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Latest offerings feature trendy ingredients, bold flavors, wider variety of vegetables
Latest barbecue chains transcend region, tradition  1
Dinosaur, 4 Rivers, see success by combining techniques, flavors from around U.S.
Carvel reveals new restaurant design
New prototype showcases the chain’s broad variety of ice cream products
5 food trends from Charleston, S.C.
NRN's senior food editor explores what's popular in the Southern city
John Besh, Aarón Sánchez plan Baltimore restaurant
Casual taquería Johnny Sánchez slated for Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Latitude 360 names Outback co-founder to board
Tim Gannon will help update concept’s menu, dining space
Bravo's Garden Omelette
Casual-dining chains focus on brunch
Brio Tuscan Grille, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, On The Border revamp menus for weekend daypart
Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy’s, Domino’s, Checkers, more
Rally’s, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Charleys Philly Steaks, Noodles & Company, Culver’s, Fazoli’s, Firehouse Subs, Whataburger, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza also introduce new menu items.
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