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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Farm Bureau invests in My Fit Foods
Federation takes stake with Marlin Equity in prepared-meal concept
Bar Louie
Bar Louie cultivates local roots 
As the brand grows nationally, it works to foster neighborhood feel
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JAE acquires 97 Wendy’s restaurants
Deal brings restaurant group’s total unit count to 177
On The Border names new COO
Monte Batson joins Mexican grill from Bloomin’ Brands
Pei Wei Korea
Pei Wei opens first restaurant in Asia 
New unit debuts in shopping mall near Seoul
Donald Trump
Donald Trump puts focus on business  1
Republican nominee draws high-profile support from industry executives
Clinton vs. Trump Election 2016
Restaurant industry sounds off on presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
Your peers share their takes on the presidential candidates
TGI Fridays deploys chatbot on Facebook Messenger
Casual-dining chain also tests social media reservations
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Pizza Hut names first chief customer officer
Helen Vaid to oversee brand’s digital customer experience
hot concept velvet taco
Hot Concepts 2016: Globally-inspired fast-casual concept Velvet Taco resonates with foodies and investors
Fast-casual concept Velvet Taco serves up tacos boasting flavor profiles from around the world.
NRA Restaurant Innovation Summit 2016
10 trends from the NRA Restaurant Innovation Summit
Attendees of the NRA Restaurant Innovation Summit offer tips on delivery best practices, mobile apps, next-gen marketing and more.
Survey: Predictive ordering appeals to operators
NRA finds that 53 percent of operators would consider it in future
Former NRN editor-in-chief Charles Bernstein dies 3
Writer was also known for restaurant industry and leadership books
Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel: Economic pressure to impact 2017 earnings
Family-dining operator releases same-store sales forecast
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Roy Choi: 3 tips for social media greatness  1
Kogi BBQ food truck founder says honesty is key

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