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.

Chicken Salad Chick co-founder Kevin Brown dies
Brown stepped aside as CEO in May
CEC Entertainment names Dale Black CFO
Temple Weiss leaves Chuck E. Cheese parent company
Cracker Barrel CEO: Holiday consumer spending difficult to predict
Sandra Cochran cites “very tough environment” in first-quarter earnings call
Zoe’s Kitchen sees strength in catering, family meal
Dinner menu innovation expected in early 2016
Pei Wei CEO outlines ramped up growth
Ralph Bower oversees reimaging, expansion in existing markets
Zoe's Kitchen
Zoe’s Kitchen swings to 3Q loss on special items
Fast-casual brand increases same-store sales guidance for fiscal year
My Fit Foods
My Fit Foods opens central kitchen in Dallas area
With USDA certification, company plans other retail channels
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Ignite Restaurant Group names Robert Merritt CEO
Raymond Blanchette leaves parent of Joe’s Crab Shack, Brick House
business buffet lunch
Report: Corporate holiday dining forecast increases
Dinova predicts December spending to increase 8 percent to 11 percent
Hillary Clinton
Wage-fight union endorses Hillary Clinton
Service Employees International Union board makes pick in presidential race
NPC: Wendy’s same-store sales strong in 3Q
Franchise operator also notes improved Pizza Hut trends in 4Q
Dickey’s names Diana LaRocca CMO
LaRocca promoted from vice president position to newly created role
Freebirds debuts prototype in Dallas suburb
Burrito concept plans to expand to Nashville next year
El Pollo Loco 3Q profit falls sharply
Same-store sales rise 0.6 percent systemwide
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Pie Five parent's loss widens in 1Q
Rave Restaurant Group attributes loss to Pie Five opening costs

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