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, Mr. Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Articles by Bret Thorn
Popeyes 4Q profit drops 18.6%
Net income for fiscal 2013 rose 12.2 percent
Olive Garden's Pappardelle Pescatore
Olive Garden reveals ‘comprehensive menu evolution’
New menu includes more than 20 new items, customized dishes
Breakout Brands 2014: Bareburger 
Bareburger's 17 units, each sell an average of $2.45 million worth of hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, fries, milk shakes and assorted snacks annually
Breakout Brands 2014: Sweetgreen 
The fast-casual brand that sells salad, frozen yogurt, hot grain dishes and fruit juices
Cracker Barrel 2Q same-store sales fall
Company links the decline to poor weather
Sonic's Red Velvet Molten Cake Sundae
Red velvet gains popularity on restaurant menus 1
Flavor increasingly offered in breakfast, dessert, beverage items
Chef report: Suzanne Goin launches Larder Baking Company
Restaurateurs Fabio Trabocchi, Thomas Keller and Scott Conant also make moves
James Beard Foundation releases 2014 awards semifinalists
Winners will be announced at a gala celebration on May 5
Marble Slab, Maggie Moo’s change pricing to boost sales
Sister ice cream concepts address declining customer satisfaction, sales
Chef report: Andrew Carmellini gives 10 commandments
NRN explores this and other moves from top chefs from around the country
Bret Thorn, Nancy Kruse address online industry petitioners 2
The menu experts look at the consistent criticism faced by McDonald's
Menu Tracker: New items from Subway, Jack in the Box
McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Sonic Drive-In, IHOP, Dairy Queen, Boston Market, Cousins Subs, Del Taco, Wienerschnitzel also introduce new menu items
Restaurants fry vegetables, seafood to please diners' palates
Oysters, pickles, Brussels sprouts hit the fryer
Chick-fil-A to offer antibiotic-free chicken
Chain will phase out chicken raised with antibiotics within next five years
Charcuterie, egg most buzzed-about menu items
NewBrandAnalytics analyzes online restaurant reviews to determine popular offerings
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