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 expands delivery rollout
Bakery-café chain to exceed target for expanding delivery service this year
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Panera 2Q same-store sales rise 2.3 percent
Refranchising charges cut into net income in the quarter
Zoës Kitchen
2016 Second 100: Why Zoës Kitchen is the No. 4 fastest-growing chain 
A closer look at the top 5 fastest-growing restaurant chains from the latest NRN Second 100 report.
2016 Second 100: 10 takeaways in the battle for market share
See which chains grew their market share in the Latest Year.
Burger, beverage, snack lead market share gains
Shake Shack, Sizzler, Zoës Kitchen among the Second 100 chains increasing their slice of the pie
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Ruth’s Hospitality names new president
Cheryl Henry promoted to president and chief operating officer
Nathan's Famous
Nathan’s celebrates 100th anniversary in modern ways
Famous hot dog brand taps social media, TV to mark centennial
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Starbucks adding suggested selling to app
Global same-store sales miss expectations in third quarter, but still increase 4 percent
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Starbucks mobile order-pay usage increases
5 percent of U.S. transactions through app in third quarter
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Del Frisco’s reveals more details of smaller Grille
Smaller footprint is intended to reduce costs and increase flexibility
Rave Restaurant Group names interim CEO
Randy Gier steps down as chief executive of the pizza company
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Cicis reports data breach in payment systems
Malware may have affected 140 restaurants in 17 states
Jamba Juice parent names new CMO
Juice and smoothie chain appoints Rachel Phillips-Luther, formerly of Zoe’s Kitchen, to the role
Ballard Brands names Peter Boylan president
Company hires David Mesa to succeed Boylan as chief development officer
CC’s Coffee House CEO encourages empathy in wake of shootings
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