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.

Postmates takes early lead in delivery game
McDonald’s, Starbucks and Chipotle partner with startup
How four leading restaurant brands are tackling tech 1
Major chains leverage cutting-edge tools for business growth
Chuck E. Cheese’s to emphasize marketing to parents
Brand overhauls marketing after 1Q same-store sales fall 5 percent
People Report: Staffing continues to pressure restaurant operators
Workforce Index rises slightly in second quarter
New York governor proposes panel on quick-service wages
Wage board will consider increase in minimum wage
Firehouse Subs readies Cold Hero platform
Hot-sandwich brand seeks to broaden market
Wingstop files for $86M IPO
Long-awaited public offering is the fourth restaurant company IPO of 2015
Kona Grill swings to loss in 1Q
Special charges, remodeling costs weigh on earnings
Ignite works to turn around Joe’s Crab Shack sales
CEO Ray Blanchette says concept must build repeat visits
Panera issues ‘No No List’ of ingredients 1
Bakery-café reiterates campaign to reduce additives in its food
Ignite reports $22.2M loss in 1Q
Results reflect sale of Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Fiesta adds training units as part of growth strategy
Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana parent plans labor development to keep pace with growth
NRA names Dunkin’ executive to top policy post
Cicely Simpson replaces Scott DeFife, who departed in February
Panera to expand delivery test
Bakery-café operator sees “very powerful opportunity” in delivery
Panera 1Q profit drops 24.8% on refranchising charges
Company expects sale of bakery-cafés to boost earnings in long term
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