Ron Ruggless

Southwest Bureau Chief,
Nation's Restaurant News

Phone: 214.366.4391

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Ron Ruggless covers the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

He joined NRN in 1992 after working 10 years in various roles at the Dallas Times Herald newspaper, including restaurant critic, assistant business editor, food editor and lifestyle editor. He also edited several printings of the Zagat Dining Guide for Dallas-Fort Worth, and his articles have appeared in Food & Wine and Self magazines.

La Madeleine names John Cahill president
Bakery-café chain also appoints Duncan Davis as VP of operations
Sonic raises guidance, continues tech rollout
Drive-in concept looks to “personalized” service
Sonic 2Q profit surges 86.6%
Drive-in chain’s same-store sales rise 11.5%
BurgerFi to expand in Mexico
Fast-casual operator strikes first international franchise agreement
Luby’s adds Fuddruckers combo unit
Operator sees “attractive growth potential” of format
TGI Fridays event celebrates the bar
Cyprus bartender tops 24th annual World Bartender Championship
NRA foundation honors Carlton Curtis
Coca-Cola executive to receive Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award
Hopdoddy to double unit count this year
Seven-unit Texas-based chain plans to expand to Southern California
Chanticleer closes on BGR purchase
Company sees burger brand as growth opportunity
Twin Peaks names Pete Bell CMO
Industry veteran to oversee menu R&D in newly created position
Restaurant Operations Watch: Panera, Olive Garden evolve technology
Panera Bread rolls out delivery in Louisville, Ky.; Olive Garden tests waiting lists
Red Robin names executives to key positions
Casual-dining brand adds concept officer post
Burger King reprises Chicken Fries
Hen named “Random Gloria” supports campaign for limited-time item
Ignite to focus on Joe’s Crab Shack, Brick House Tavern + Tap
Company will sharpen attention following Romano’s Macaroni Grill sale
Popeyes names 2 new key executives
John Merkin appointed COO-US; Andrew Skehan promoted to president-international
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