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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Pizza Hut franchisee moves away from dine-in units
NPC International to speed up transition to delivery, carryout restaurant model
Cicis debuts first fully reimaged restaurant
Pizza buffet chain overhauls look, offerings
Inside Cicis new redesign
Take a look at Cicis new redesign
VertsKebap shortens name to Verts
Brand reimaging shifts to broader Mediterranean focus
Snap Kitchen receives round of growth capital
L Catterton makes additional investment in 41-unit concept
TGI Fridays restaurant
TGI Fridays CEO reflects on new brand identity
Rob Palleschi tells NRN about big changes coming to the casual-dining brand
Exterior rendering of TGI Fridays new brand identity in Corpus Christi, Texas.
TGI Fridays unveils brand overhaul
The casual-dining chain rebrands with expanded hours, hangout spaces, brunch and more
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Wingstop’s profit more than doubles in 2015
CEO credits unit growth, 7.9% same-store sales increase
worker tablet
High-tech solutions for a high-touch workforce 
Operators find software and apps can ease challenges in tightening labor market
Del Frisco’s developing smaller Grille prototype
Company slows unit growth after fourth-quarter sales decline
National Labor Relations Board’s joint employer standard panel
Lawyer’s advice to franchisors on NLRB: ‘Don’t panic’ 1
Joint-employer rulings shake the industry, IFA attendees say
Zoe's Kitchen restaurant
Catering helps boost Zoe’s Kitchen top line
Large-order platform grew to 16% of sales in 2015, company says
New Fuzzy’s unit in St. Charles, Mo.
NRD Capital buys 70% stake in Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Atlanta-based investment fund looks to expand fast-casual brand
William Richardson, Hurricane Grill & Wings COO
Hurricane Grill & Wings names new COO
William Richardson will lead operations at the casual-dining chain
restaurant tips
Operators deal with tip-pool ruling
Groups mull next steps in issue of gratuity-sharing with support staff

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