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.

Maggiano’s to debut first standalone gluten-free menu
Items on Italian casual-dining chain’s lineup include cheese ravioli, flourless chocolate cake
Sizzler capitalizes on social conversation
After a promotional video from 1991 went viral, the chain added doing good to good business
Chili’s to unveil loyalty program this quarter
Chain sees technology as a point of differentiation
Brinker 3Q profit rises 16.3%
Chili’s Grill & Bar reports 2.2-percent same-store sales increase in U.S.
What’s on the horizon for restaurant wages, tips
Operators, lawyers look to New York, California as barometers
Ignite overhauls executive team
Company makes move to be “leaner, more efficient” after Romano’s Macaroni Grill sale
Panera to increase share buybacks after ‘dialogue’ with activist investor
Operator also reports progress on refranchising plan
Study: U.S. Hispanics increase restaurant use
Per capita quick-service visits rose 4 percent in 2014, NPD finds
A look at restaurants designed for Millennials
These restaurants are appealing to Millennials’ strong social drive
Using restaurant design to catch Millennials
Five design techniques to catch this coveted customer
Long John Silver’s names Brian Unger COO
Quick-service seafood chain hires former Einstein Noah COO
Restaurants use philanthropy to recruit, retain employees
Brands share best practices at No Kid Hungry Summit
D.C.’s Taste of the Nation features nearly 100 restaurants
Event raises funds to fight childhood hunger
How Red Lobster succeeds at social media
Senior VP of marketing Mark Gilley outlines how casual-dining brand tackles social
Consumer Picks 2015: Ruth’s Chris again leads in Fine Dining
Ruth’s Chris Steak House woos customers like a spritely new concept, belying its 50 years in business
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Blogs & Commentary
Apr 23, 2015

McDonald's performance is worse than you think 1

McDonald's U.S. same-store sales fell 2.6 percent in the first quarter. But factor out breakfast, and the number is worse....More
Apr 23, 2015

Fertitta plans 10-acre Houston development, 1st Mastro’s in Texas

The development will combine a luxury hotel with offices and residential and retail offerings....More

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