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.

Specialty coffee on the rise at restaurants
Chains introduce improved brews, flavored coffees
Johnny Rockets names president of operations, development
James Walker promoted to newly created position
Top 15 drink trends for restaurants
Local beer and spirits, in-house craftsmanship key trends
Menu Tracker: New items from Tim Hortons, Friendly's, Del Frisco's Grille, more
Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jack in the Box, others also introduce new menu items.
NRA advocates for simplified employment verification
Association testifies before House subcommittee
Famous Dave’s tests shareable menu items
Chain aims to drive incremental sales
The Melting Pot tests kitchen entrées
Fon-Done menu items aim to increase visit frequency
Foodservice experts share energy-efficient restaurant trends
Featured speakers discuss the ways energy-efficient equipment can save money despite higher initial cost
Menu Tracker: New items from Planet Smoothie, Sbarro, Umami Burger
Wendy's, Jamba Juice, Taco Bell, others also introduce new menu items
Pubbelly to launch cruise ship concept
Miami Beach-based operator also makes plans to expand in Mexico
Restaurant Menu Watch: Bone broth trend is nothing new
The latest trendy food is arguably the most mundane one yet
Restaurants respond to diverse definitions of ‘healthful’
Operators seek to accommodate consumers’ individual dietary needs
Menu Tracker: New items from Au Bon Pain, Krispy Kreme, Veggie Grill, more
Pizza Hut, Red Lobster, California Tortilla, others also introduce new menu items
Captain D’s finds customers like to linger
VP of product innovation Jason Henderson also discusses the QSR’s menu development
The Power List 2015: No. 10 Cheryl Bachelder
Since becoming CEO in 2007, Bachelder has completely transformed the chain
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