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.

P.F. Chang's investigates possible data breach
Credit card data of thousands of customers may have been stolen
Zoe's Kitchen aims to grow dinner daypart
Operator to focus on new menu items, takeaway meals
How casual dining can capture Hispanic market share 
Two studies shed light on opportunities to tap into the growing consumer group
Restaurant workers share front-line experiences 
Hourly employees discuss challenges, victories of the job at Summer Brand Camp
Zoe's Kitchen reports first earnings as public company
While 1Q revenue soared, the company reported a net loss of $10M
Panera: Franchisees committed to e-commerce upgrade 
Views still mixed on margin impact and investment
NPD: Winter weather dampened 1Q traffic
Delivery, beverage-focused brands benefited from weather
Slim Chickens plots expansion
COO Sam Rothschild discusses the fast-casual operator’s plans as it prepares to move into the Midwest
Così executive chairman to step down
Former CEO Stephen Edwards will not stand for re-election when his term expires
Panera to remove artificial ingredients with new food policy
Company commits to serving “clean food” without additives, preservatives
Seattle to raise hourly minimum wage to $15
City becomes first in nation to raise base wage to that level
Restaurants adopt mobile apps for ordering, payment
Companies’ IT divisions become a crucial part of the revenue stream
NRA: Restaurant sales, traffic inch up in April
Gains drove 0.3-point increase in Restaurant Performance Index
Homestyle Dining introduces new fast-casual concept
Bo's Steak & Grill in Lindale, Texas, targets a younger demographic
A look inside Bo's Steak & Grill
Bo's Steak & Grill in Lindale, Texas, targets a younger demographic
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