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.

Nancy Kruse, Bret Thorn discuss the evolution of fusion cuisine
Are culinary mashups the same as fusion?
Menu Tracker: New items from Popeyes, Taco Cabana, Applebee's, more
Chains roll out new menu items ranging from Turkastrami on Rye to upscale cocktails
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s parent may develop fast-casual concept
Corporate chef David Groll discusses casual-dining operator’s potential new brand
Top 5 appetizer trends for restaurants 1
Bite-sized items, ethnic-inspired dishes will be popular in 2015, surveyed chefs say
A look at 2015 James Beard Award semifinalists by region
Foundation releases list of nominees for annual awards
James Beard 'Rising Star' nominees dominated by newcomers
Only four of last year's 25 James Beard Rising Star nominees have returned this year
Menu Tracker: New items from Little Caesars, P.F. Chang's, Zoës Kitchen, more
As Lent begins, chains roll out an abundance of seafood menu items
Red Lobster chef talks menu revamp
Dustin Hilinski says the chain is refocusing on its seafood expertise
Top 5 breakfast trends for restaurants 1
Ethnic flavors, healthfulness and portability expected to be key this year.
Breakout Brands 2015: 100 Montaditos
Variety, distinctive offerings and reasonable prices position Spanish chain 100 Montaditos for expansion in the United States
Menu Tracker: New items from IHOP, Newk's, Dunkin' Donuts
Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Buffalo Wings & Rings, more also introduce new menu items
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.
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Blogs & Commentary
Apr 23, 2015

McDonald's performance is worse than you think 2

McDonald's U.S. same-store sales fell 2.6 percent in the first quarter. But factor out breakfast, and the number is worse....More
Apr 23, 2015

Fertitta plans 10-acre Houston development, 1st Mastro’s in Texas

The development will combine a luxury hotel with offices and residential and retail offerings....More

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