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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Chef–owner of fine-dining Annisa discusses James Beard series, latest menu updates
True Food Kitchen menu revamp focuses on 'micro-seasonality'
Shift could mean different menus at different locations
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The chilled beverage emerges to make up for slumping soft drink sales.
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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
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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
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's downtown New York location to focus on breakfast
Bread-themed space also to feature juice and wine bars
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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
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Hot chicken blazes new trails
Nashville specialty takes on new forms as it spreads across the country

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