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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Brand tries walk-up takeout window, new lunch model
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Parent Fiesta Restaurant Group aims to relieve high-volume restaurants
Fiesta Restaurant Group profit rose 20.8% in 2Q
Second quarter sales up at Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana brands
Nick Shepherd resigning as TGI Fridays’ CEO
Shepherd will step down in October
Private equity invests in healthful-meals concepts
My Fit Foods, Fitlife Foods draw capital for growth
Panera sees 2.0 investments paying off
Bakery-cafe brand posts growth in catering in second quarter
Special charges impact Panera 2Q profit
Bakery-cafe takes special charges for refranchising, insurance issue
Chili’s to roll out burritos
Grill brand expands ‘Fresh Mex’ entrees
Minimum wage increases continue to spread 1
Analysts predict impact on restaurant profits, industry image
Ruby Tuesday to test tabletop tablets
Technology to include ordering, loyalty program sign-up, games
Ruby Tuesday swings to profit in 4Q
Casual-dining brand reports dip in sales, traffic
Del Frisco’s lowers guidance for rest of year
Steakhouse-grill operator sees sales soften in 2Q
NY board recommends phasing in $15 hourly wage 1
Panel urges faster timetable for New York City restaurants
Ruby Tuesday names David Skena CMO
Skena joins the fast-casual chain from PepsiCo
Wingstop asks fans to route its food truck
Final stop on ‘Flavor Tour’ is open to social media, voting

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