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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The chain will offer Açaí and dragon fruit lattes
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Fast-casual Indian chain plans units in New York City and beyond
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MUFSO food trends: Filipino fare, meat substitutes, free-from items 
Culinary experts weigh in on what’s hot
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Thunder Island, a riff on the classic Long Island iced tea, wows judges
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Arby's to offer venison sandwich at 17 restaurants
Limited-time offer ties into hunting season campaign
Roy Choi: Running restaurants means more than making money 
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How to win over the Baby Boomer 

Baby Boomers without kids are the highest users of full-service restaurants. This group has disposable income, and is willing to spend it on quality.

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Menu Tracker: New items from Taco John's, Jason's Deli, Sub Zero Ice Cream, more
Restaurant chains from Sheetz to Great Steak introduce new menu items
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The proliferation of national food days spawns an oversaturation of gimmicks
Slim Chickens names Mark Mears CMO
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