Ron Ruggless

Southwest Bureau Chief,
Nation's Restaurant News

Phone: 214.366.4391


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.

Panera expects delivery at 15% of units by year end 
CEO says bakery-café brand gets smarter in hiring, technology
Chipotle 3Q same-store sales decline 21.9%
Comparisons improve from steeper declines earlier in year
MUFSO CEO panelists discuss their company cultures
The panel was moderated by Sarah Lockyer, Nation’s Restaurant News editor in chief
Chili’s, Maggiano’s 1Q same-store sales fall
Profit at parent Brinker International drops 30 percent
Scenes from the 2016 Hot Concepts reception
MUFSO crowd samples the winners’ fare
How to win over the Millennial man
Millennials with no kids are the heaviest users of fast-casual restaurants.
How to win over the Millennial family
This group is less concerned with the experience, and more concerned with price and convenience.
Twin Peaks co-founder steps down
Scott Gordon to focus on Front Burner in wake of sale
Restaurants look ahead to Gen Z 
After Millennials, operators brace for the impact of next-generation consumers
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Del Frisco’s revises guidance after 3Q same-store sales decline
Weakness in energy sector and reduced tourism weigh down results
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Ruggles Green draws private-equity investment
Hargett Hunter takes majority stake in fast-casual Houston brand
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Zoe’s Kitchen names new CMO
Fast-casual operator hires Casey Shilling from The Container Store
zoes kitchen exterior
Analyst sees long-term reward in Zoe’s Kitchen
However, report by Sharon Zackfia of William Blair acknowledges near-term risks
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Ruby Tuesday fights sales slide with new initiatives  1
Casual-dining chain will introduce new menu, service initiatives in November
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Ruby Tuesday sees same-store sales slip
Casual-dining chain sees same-store sales decline 2.7%

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