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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New, customizable offerings target Gen Z customers
8 foodservice CEOs on the state of the operating environment
With a continued decline in overall restaurant industry sales, industry CEOs explain what economic and social conditions they see contributing.
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Find out which restaurants are favored by players of the popular game
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Fifty-year-old chicken chain thinks outside the box with new tech, menu paring
Louisiana restaurants begin recovery from historic flood
Walk-On’s president calls storm more devastating than Hurricane Katrina
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Executives see it as a key element in sluggish economy
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The five-step process the company used to analyze restaurant performance
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