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.

On The Border names new president
Ward Whitworth will replace Steve Clark, who is stepping down from the position
Del Frisco's 2Q profit rises 7.6%
Revenue guidance more cautious based on delayed openings
Restaurants wrestle with rising rents
Post-recession recovery means higher costs for big bottom-line item
Activist investor continues to press Darden for changes 2
Starboard Value cites ‘poor leadership, egregious entrenchment’
Pei Wei touts new menu items, brand refresh
The fast-casual chain will launch an integrated advertising campaign next week
Chuck E. Cheese's parent names new CEO
Thomas Leverton to replace recently retired Michael H. Magusiak
Applebee's reassures guests on 'No Tech Tuesday'
Casual-dining operator says it won’t confiscate digital devices despite trying to trademark the term
Pei Wei Asian Diner expands into sushi
P.F. Chang’s fast-casual concept also updates its look systemwide
Twin Peaks: In-house brewery could be key to success
Craft beer operation reduces costs, boosts profit
Landry's opens new Mastro's Ocean Club restaurant
CEO Tilman Fertitta says company plans to keep brand unique
Luby's debuts fourth dual-concept unit with Fuddruckers
Houston-based company plans one more by fall
Olive Garden unveils design revamp
Brand refresh includes new logo, website, online ordering platform
TGI Fridays debuts Endless Appetizers
Casual-dining chain offers unlimited servings on select starters
Abuelo's refreshes menu, look in 25th year
Texas-based brand caters to customers' desire for bolder flavors, healthier options
Smith & Wollensky to open more casual Wollensky's Grill
Steakhouse operator also plans to open first overseas restaurant in London
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