Ron Ruggless

Southwest Bureau Chief,
Nation's Restaurant News

Phone: 214.366.4391

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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.

Fiesta Restaurant Group 3Q net income surges 81.6%
Traffic rises at both Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana brands
Yum promotes David Gibbs to Pizza Hut global CEO
Gibbs will succeed Scott Bergren, who is retiring
Macaroni Grill debuts fast-casual lunch format
Romano’s Kitchen Counter is available inside 131 of the chain’s casual-dining restaurants
Franchisee MarLu to purchase 22 TGI Fridays
Deal is part of a refranchising effort
Panera 3Q net income falls 8.3%
Higher food costs, technology initiatives weighed down results
Fatburger slims down with ‘skinny’ sandwich
“Skinny Burger” sandwiches burger toppings between two slimmer beef patties
Outback leverages ‘Throwback Thursday’ for ‘Date Night’ promotion
Brand draws on photo-sharing trend to boost social media marketing
Sonic 4Q profit jumps despite POS system glitches
Net income rose 54.3% during the quarter
Cheesecake Factory 3Q profit dips 6%
Company says dairy, butter costs among headwinds
Report: Wingstop preparing $100M IPO
The Roark-owned operator has met with underwriting banks, according to the Wall Street Journal
Chili's, Maggiano's parent emphasizes menu, marketing, technology 
Parent Brinker International avoids deal strategy of competitors
Brinker 1Q net income rises 12.1%
Same-store sales, traffic rise at Chili’s, Maggiano’s
Fox Restaurant Concepts presses national growth
Operator accelerates growth of fast-casual Flower Child concept
Restaurants poised to accept Apple Pay
Mobile payment system rolls out Monday at McDonald’s, Panera, more
Chuck E. Cheese's parent acquires Peter Piper Pizza
CEC Entertainment buys brand from ACON Investments
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