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.

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
Joe's Crab Shack
Casual-Dining chains play up dining experience
Successful full-service restaurants convince customers to slow down
Red snapper
When fresh fish isn't the best fish
Chef Mike Lim says some seafood, like beef, benefits with age
Curtis Stone aims to revive butchery at new restaurant
The chef and owner of Gwen in Los Angeles discusses his approach at the restaurant-butcher shop
Dunkin’ Donuts traffic slides as prices rise
Executives say political uncertainty could slow growth
Noodles & Company ramen
Menu Tracker: New items from Chick-fil-A, Friendly's, Taco Bell, more
Carl's Jr., El Pollo Loco, Noodles & Company and more introduce new menu items
Noodles & Company names Victor Heutz COO
Former Buffalo Wild Wings executive to lead operations
The Four Seasons bids farewell 1
Landmark New York City restaurant closes after 57 years
Survey: Consumers want more seafood in restaurants
Younger, affluent consumers prefer wild over farmed
Kruse/Thorn: Moral valuation of food v. culinary mashups
If consumers say they want “clean,” healthful foods, why the rise in novelty food LTOs?
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Menu Tracker: New items from Starbucks, TGI Fridays, P.F. Chang's, more
Frisch's Big Boy, Mod Pizza, Denny's and more introduce new menu itemes
Denny's pancakes
Denny's upgrades pancakes with eggs, buttermilk, vanilla
Family-dining brand to introduce fluffier, thicker pancakes with marketing campaign

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