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.

D.C.’s Taste of the Nation features nearly 100 restaurants
Event raises funds to fight childhood hunger
How Red Lobster succeeds at social media
Senior VP of marketing Mark Gilley outlines how casual-dining brand tackles social
Consumer Picks 2015: Ruth’s Chris again leads in Fine Dining
Ruth’s Chris Steak House woos customers like a spritely new concept, belying its 50 years in business
Sonic promotes 3 top executives
Former CFO Stephen Vaughan to oversee franchise ops
Ruby Tuesday emphasizing value, variety, families
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
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McDonald's and the problem with same-store sales

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