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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CEO describes brand repositioning as a “journey”
Ruby Tuesday reduces loss in 3Q
Restaurant closures weigh on revenue
Potbelly names Michael Coyne CFO
Coyne succeeds Charles Talbot at fast-casual sandwich chain
Dave & Buster’s expects robust unit growth
Executives anticipate same-store sales growth to continue this year
Starbucks expands college tuition program
Coffeehouse operator to expand reimbursement program to four years
Captain D’s hires first chief people officer
Wendy Harkness will lead human resources strategies
Corner Bakery CMO leaves to join Share Our Strength
Diana Hovey to direct nonprofit organization’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry program
Delaware North debuts new items for baseball season
Concessionaire hopes bacon, fried fare are home runs
Cava Grill receives $16 million funding
Fast-casual chain plans to expand to California
Restaurants become a battlefront in Indiana Religious Freedom law 1
Legislation raises concerns that service could be denied to certain groups based on religious defense
Tavistock moves Freebirds headquarters to Texas
Company also promotes senior VP of operations Bobby Shaw to COO
Watch live as Texas baseball stadium unveils new menu items
NRN broadcasting 2015 menu rollout via Periscope
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Pizza Hut franchisee: ‘Flavors of Now’ relaunch yet to gain traction 1
NPC International executives remain bullish on expanded platform
Waffle House rolls out faster POS
Chain speeds transaction times to three seconds on average
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