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.

2016 Top 100: Why Domino's is the No. 7 fastest-growing chain 
A closer look at the top 10 fastest-growing restaurant chains from the latest NRN Top 100 report.
2016 Top 100: Why Firehouse Subs is the No. 6 fastest-growing chain 
A closer look at the top 10 fastest-growing restaurant chains from the latest NRN Top 100 report.
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Chuck E. Cheese's food
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Joe's Crab Shack logo
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Smoothie King store
Smoothie King names chief development officer
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