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.

David Chang debuts fast-casual chicken restaurant
Fuku is latest limited-service concept by a celebrity chef
Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy's, Bruster's, Which Wich
Taco Bell, Starbucks, Subway, others also introduce new menu items
The Little Beet plots expansion in quickly growing segments
Parent Aurify Brands LLC to grow fast-casual, polished-casual concepts
Survey: Millennials more receptive to ‘trendy’ limited-service chains
Older generations more likely to try new menu items at established brands, E-Poll Market Research finds
A look at foods on offer at Belmont Stakes
Foodservice provider Centerplate gears up to serve 90,000 spectators
Avian flu limits egg supply, challenging restaurants 1
Prices for eggs have skyrocketed, with shortages a potential risk
Menu Tracker: New items from Baskin-Robbins, Carl's Jr., TGI Fridays, more
Au Bon Pain, Carvel, Cheeseburger in Paradise, others also introduce new menu items
Restaurant Menu Watch: Olive Garden breadstick sandwiches draw mostly praise
Chain introduces sandwiches made with popular breadsticks amid turnaround effort
Philly Pretzel Factory names chief development officer 2
Tom Monaghan to fill newly created position as chain plots growth
Lemonade offers beverage opportunity for restaurants
Drink’s popularity on the rise nationwide, according to NPD Group
Southern Concepts sees future in fast casual
Full-service operator seeks to attract women as it tries a fast-casual concept
Nancy Kruse, Bret Thorn talk top food trends from the 2015 NRA Show
Listen to the monthly discussion on current trends in the restaurant industry
Menu Tracker: New items from KFC, McAlister's Deli, Dairy Queen, more
Carl's Jr., Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Qdoba Mexican Grill, others also introduce new menu items
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s franchisee to open fast-casual spinoff
Beef’s Express aims to tap into segment’s growth
Front Burner names chief business, people development officer
Dan Stone promoted to newly created position

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