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.

Articles by Ron Ruggless
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Breakout Brands 2014: 4 Rivers Smokehouse 
Founder John Rivers says the brand plans to open three to four locations a year
Snap Kitchen
Breakout Brands 2014: Snap Kitchen 
11-unit chain Snap Kitchen offers prepared salads, meals, snacks, desserts and juices
Qdoba, Jack in the Box 1Q same-store sales rise
Net income for parent Jack in the Box Inc. increases 56%
Panera: Operations improvements gain early traction
Company plans more streamlining initiatives, rollout of new flatbreads
Panera 4Q profit rises 5.1%
Company warns on weather-related sales declines in first quarter
Kona Grill swings to loss in 4Q 1
Company points to remodeling, new-restaurant inefficiencies
Major restaurant chains make first moves in Alaska
Texas Roadhouse, Hard Rock Café, Krispy Kreme set to open first units in the state
Survey: Sustainability key to restaurant customers 1
Wade Hanson, director of a new Technomic study, discusses why restaurants need to make the effort
Wingstop pushes international expansion
CEO Charlie Morrison discusses the chain’s growth in Mexico, Southeast Asia, Russia
Report: Fox & Hound, Champps parent nears $120M bankruptcy deal
Private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management to acquire F&H Acquisition Corp.
How latest change in health care bill impacts restaurants
National Restaurant Association discusses the final rules for the employer mandate
Starboard Value threatens action against Darden board
Investor demands new alternatives to Red Lobster spinoff plan
Sonic expands indoor-dining prototype
Company increasingly adding units in colder regions
Buffet Partners files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy
Parent of Furr’s Fresh Buffet links hardship to December ice storm
Restaurants face employment challenges in 1Q 1
The People Report Workforce Index indicates recruitment, retention difficulty
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