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.

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Old Chicago expands prototype conversions
Company expects new look to roll out systemwide by third quarter of 2017
Starbird nets nearly $5M in second funding round
Greg Dollarhyde assembles investors through Dollarhyde Investment Group III
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Union Square Hospitality Group expands paid parental leave 
Company will offer tiered benefit to all full-time workers after one year of service
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Black-eyed Pea closes Texas restaurants following bankruptcy
As many as a dozen units were closed in the state, according to reports
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Sonic warns of 2% dip in 4Q same-store sales
CEO blames traffic shortfall, lower consumer spending
Pollo Tropical
Fiesta scuttles plan to separate Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana
Company names Pollo Tropical COO Danny Meisenheimer as interim CEO
Dallas Cowboys put spin on fan dining
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Stadium Club restaurant opens at Dallas Cowboys home
Restaurant to serve public finer fare on non-game days
Pie Five
Pie Five 4Q same-store sales fall 12%
Decline widens loss at parent Rave Restaurant Group
Ruby Tuesday to sell HQ, lay off 19 employees
Layoffs follow the closure of 95 company-owned restaurants
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Farm Bureau invests in My Fit Foods
Federation takes stake with Marlin Equity in prepared-meal concept
Bar Louie
Bar Louie cultivates local roots 
As the brand grows nationally, it works to foster neighborhood feel
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JAE acquires 97 Wendy’s restaurants
Deal brings restaurant group’s total unit count to 177
On The Border names new COO
Monte Batson joins Mexican grill from Bloomin’ Brands
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Pei Wei opens first restaurant in Asia 
New unit debuts in shopping mall near Seoul

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