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.

Fiesta Restaurant Group swings to profit in 4Q
Sales increase at both Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana brands
Logan’s Roadhouse seeks new CFO
Amy Bertauski to leave casual-dining operator
Restaurants look to capture more overseas tourists
U.S. market grows for visitors from abroad, especially China, NRA research finds
Bennigan’s CEO buys out franchisor
Paul Mangiamele completes management buyout of the franchisor to Bennigan’s, Steak & Ale chains
Altamont Capital buys Cotton Patch Cafe
Deal to support 45-unit chain’s “next phase of growth”
Breakout Brands 2015: Rusty Taco
Rusty Taco's menu offers breakfast and traditional tacos, along with such sides such as guacamole, queso and black beans
Panera to extend upgrades to 300 more units
Cost of Panera 2.0 program weighs on earnings, executives said
Panera 4Q net income falls 10.6%
Company attributes decline to higher food costs, Panera 2.0 makeover
Breakout Brands 2015: Eureka
Eureka! Restaurant Group puts a California-born spin on traditional casual dining
Pie Five 2Q same-store sales rise 16.9%
Parent Rave Restaurant Group reports slight loss
Restaurants trade exchanges on social media
Jimmy John’s flirts with Wendy’s; California Pizza Kitchen has Taco Bell’s back
Papa John's draws ire of pop star Iggy Azalea
Pizza chain driver allegedly released performer’s personal phone number
Dave & Buster’s cofounder David Corriveau dies
Corriveau, 63, called “a true innovator”
Golden Chick grows with reimaging, federal program
Texas-based concept reimages, opens 1st EB-5 venture
Restaurant industry projects record 14 million jobs in 2015
Experts say hiring talent will be harder, more expensive
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