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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Panera increases 2016 guidance after strong 1Q
Bakery-café chain’s same-store sales grow 4.7 percent during the quarter
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50 years of game-changing food 1
Nation’s Restaurant News commemorates its 50th anniversary this year with special retrospective features. Join the celebration on social media with the hashtag #NRN50Years.
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Brinker recalibrates Chili’s value positioning 2
Third-quarter same-store sales at the chain's company-owned stores fell 4.1 percent
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Luby’s anticipates moderate food costs
Luby's cafeteria and Fuddruckers parent notes improved 2Q sales
TGI Fridays restaurant
Restaurant operators have designs on remodels
A quarter of operators polled in NRN Operator Survey put remodeling as top investment priority
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Mississippi seeks to protect restaurant industry image 1
State restaurant association creates “Welcome” campaign amid anti-LGBT fears
Ruby Tuesday restaurant
Ruby Tuesday CFO steps down
Company also names new HR chief as it reports wider third-quarter loss
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Local family-leave initiatives snowball
New York and San Francisco enact new provisions as operators face the complexities
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Firehouse Subs CEO outlines Canada expansion
Company takes measured steps to growing abroad, Don Fox says
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Subway to post calories on all U.S. menu boards
Chain to install new panels in all restaurants by April 11
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Comforting restaurant and retail combo keeps customers in tune with Cracker Barrel
Chain regains top spot among full-service Family-Dining restaurants in the 2016 Consumer Picks survey
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NY paid family leave approved in minimum wage deal 3
New York Gov. Cuomo signs phased-in employee-funded program
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“Side work” class-action lawsuits show signs of increasing

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