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.

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TGI Fridays launches new lunch menu
Casual-dining chain urges customers to 'make lunch count'
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Saladworks’ new CEO works to refresh troubled brand 
Patrick Sugrue talks about remodeling and instilling a "culture of winning"
BurgerFi's Brisky Business burger
NRN Survey: Operators change menus for seasonality, cost
Diners expect seasonal options across segments
7-Eleven parent company chairman resigns
Toshifumi Suzuki steps down amid reported succession struggle
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Menu Tracker: New items from Baskin-Robbins, PizzaRev, Ted’s Montana Grill, more
Restaurant chains introduce new burgers, pizzas, ice creams and more
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Arby’s names Darla Morse CIO
Quick-service operator creates new C-level tech position
Morton’s takes traditional steakhouse to new levels, wins customer loyalty
When it comes to food, Morton’s has started to do something it had rarely done in the past: Change it.
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Menus adapt to appeal to nation of snackers  1
Smaller, by-the-piece portions aim to satisfy customers seeking flexibility
First Watch Italian Benedict
Menu Tracker: New items from Burger King, Denny’s, First Watch, more
Burger King, Culver's, Denny's and Red Robin all released iterations of burgers this week
Will service styles replace food as focal point? 
Nancy Kruse and NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn discuss service models
AZ’s Canteen Dog
14 baseball stadium bites that swing for the fences
See hot dogs, tacos, burgers and more served by Aramark venues this season
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Zoe’s Kitchen attributes success to its mission 
CEO Kevin Miles, CMO Rachel Phillips-Luther discuss how a happy team makes happy customers
Applebee’s corporate chef plans 'American food with flair' 1
Cammie Spillyards-Schaefer working on a more streamlined, focused menu
Fogo de Chao edamame corn salad
Menu Tracker: New items from Del Taco, Fogo de Chão, Starbucks, more
Restaurant chains add new salads, burgers, breakfast items and more to their menus
Saladworks names Patrick Sugrue CEO
Sugrue will work on revitalizing the brand

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