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.

Wine pairings: Clement  1
Wine director Jared Fischer pairs sake with foie gras at the New York City restaurant
Ted's Montana Grill finds success in upscale positioning 
Co-founder, CEO George McKerrow discusses the brand’s evolution
Krystal names interim CEO to replace Doug Pendergast
Search for permanent chief executive is underway
How Maggiano’s dropped calories, kept flavor on its menu 1
Chefs explain what went into creating the popular new Lighter Take dishes
Restaurant Menu Watch: Conflicting data on consumers' healthful choices 
Not all studies agree that diners are actually picking better-for-you options
Nancy Kruse, Bret Thorn discuss canned food's place on the menu  1
Canned and frozen foods are re-gaining popularity in restaurants
Menu Tracker: New items from Jamba Juice, Planet Smoothie, Sonny's BBQ
Smoothie operators, burger chains, casual-dining concepts roll out new menu items
Subway to deploy mobile payments
Nation’s largest restaurant chain will offer service through Softcard
Burger King: North American same-store sales rise 3.7%
Analyst praises master franchisee development approach to expansion
Seasons 52 founding chef departs for Bloomin' Brands
Clifford Pleau will focus on the menu at the operator’s Bonefish Grill concept
First Watch CMO talks quinoa, menu innovation
Breakfast and lunch chain scores with seasonal flavors and healthful items
Restaurant Menu Watch: Starbucks expands coconut milk test 
Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have placed their flags in different camps when it comes to dairy-free milk alternatives
Menu Tracker: New items from IHOP, Quiznos, Red Lobster
Dunkin’ Donuts, First Watch, Hooters, Benihana, Saladworks, Mendocino Farms also introduce new items
Alcohol a missed opportunity at many fast-casual restaurants 
Potentially profitable drinks make up only a small percentage of sales for many brands
Study: Craft beer consumption in bars, restaurants rises 
Cider’s popularity is also booming, according to data from Technomic
Free eNewsletters! 
Want the latest in the world of foodservice news & trends? 
Check out our e-newsletters

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×