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.

Bret Thorn, Nancy Kruse discuss responding to critics 
The experts take on a recent feud between chef John Tesar and restaurant critic Leslie Brenner
Trending Tables: 50 hot restaurants for summer 2014
Trend-focused customers are open to all sorts of venues and continue to experiment with new kinds of food
Menu Tracker: New items from Jack in the Box, Fatburger, more
Take a look at the latest new menu items
Restaurant Menu Watch: Shake Shack brings back crinkle-cut fries
NRN senior food editor Bret thorn breaks down what you should be watching in the industry this week.
Chick-fil-A rolls out coffee nationwide
Quick-service chain partners with Thrive Farmers Coffee to supply item
Wendy's adds Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger to permanent menu
Burger chain announces menu addition on Twitter
Wahoo’s Fish Taco chef targets purchasing, menu upgrades
Ray Martin helps growing fast-casual chain ensure consistency, adds craveable items
McDonald's July same-store sales fall 2.5%
Company reports worst monthly results in more than a decade
100 Montaditos carves fast-casual tapas niche
Spanish sandwich concept plots U.S. growth
Restaurant Menu Watch: Craft beer catches fire
NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn breaks down what you need to know this week
Papa John's: Point-of-sale system upgrades challenge 2Q results
Commodity costs, particularly for cheese, also impacted the company
Latest Subway ad campaign highlights vegetables 1
Quick-service sandwich chain also stresses customization in new ads
Chef Ilan Hall talks new restaurant, reality TV
Reality show veteran recently brought The Gorbals to Brooklyn, N.Y.
Menu Tracker: New menu items from Habit Burger, Corner Bakery, more
Arby's, Popeyes, Dunkin' Donuts and others introduce new menu items
5 hot summer food and beverage trends
Back to basics and do it yourself approach helps operators double down on what’s familiar
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