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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NY judge grants restraining order on salt law
Enforcement of New York City labeling rule is delayed pending appeal
Restaurants ‘beef up’ menus as prices drop 
Operators capitalize on Americans’ love of beef as customer expectations evolve
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The sandwich chain also moves up rollout of antibiotic-free chicken
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NRA: Upheld NYC salt law is a ‘setback’ for chains
State judge clears path for menu-labeling regulation
Menu Tracker: New items from Bennigan’s, Krystal, Tropical Smoothie Café, more
7-Eleven, Burger 21, Carl’s Jr., and more chains introduce new menu items
Restaurants jump on Leap Day promotions
Promotions target quadrennial occurrence on Feb. 29
Union Square Cafe chef develops airline food during restaurant relocation
Partnership continues tradition of chef-carrier collaboration
Bill Freeman named Mina Group CEO
Former Bertucci’s chief replaces founding chef Michael Mina
Menu Tracker: New items from Modern Market, Zoë’s Kitchen, IHOP, more
The Greene Turtle, Blimpie, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Togo’s and Umami Burger also introduce new menu items
Famous Toastery scores with wine at breakfast
Breakfast-and-lunch chain offers food-and-beverage pairings
Beard Foundation announces award semifinalists
Winners to be named at Chicago gala
Cheesecake Factory sees margins improve as food costs shrink
The casual-dining chain's 4Q same-store sales rise 1.1 percent
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