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.

Restaurant Menu Watch: Tim Hortons tries Buffalo-inspired doughnut 
The chain offered a pull-apart yeast doughnut dunked in Buffalo sauce and crusted with crushed chips
Newk's names Jim Greco COO
Former CEO of Sbarro, Bruegger’s plans to expand operator’s development program
Darden to give activist investor Starboard four board seats
Casual-dining operator expects profitable fiscal 2015
Friendly’s names Randy Davis CMO
Davis was previously chief concept officer of Family Life Success
Dunkin’ Donuts to launch its first dark-roast coffee 
Company calls the offering its most “dramatic” new coffee in a decade
Aramark football menus inspired by local legacies
Aramark is introducing food with a backstory at 11 National Football League stadiums where it operates outlets
Restaurant Menu Watch: Chick-fil-A breakfast test creates a stir
If you want to create hype with limited menu tests, go for the rich and crave-able
Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy's, Applebee's, Little Caesars, more
Cinnabon, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Elevation Burger also introduce new menu items
Restaurant menus get a head start on fall 
Chains introduce pumpkin, apple, cranberry and ginger items
Bob Evans reports $1M net loss in 1Q
Activist investor Sandell Asset Management gains four seats on board
Krystal eyes innovation on the menu, breakfast
VP of menu strategy Stan Dorsey discusses the latest developments at the chain
Beef 'O' Brady's introduces pizza and flatbread
CEO Chris Elliott discusses four-year development process
A look back at Tim Hortons company milestones
Burger King to acquire the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut specialist
2014 Next 20: Del Frisco’s Grille
Sister brand of high-end steakhouse taps into growing polished-casual market
QSR coffee upgrades target in-unit, retail outlets
Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, more expand offerings to tap new markets
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