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.

Darden works to stem sales slide at Olive Garden 
“Brand renaissance” includes makeover with new look and menu strategy
Darden 4Q net income declines 35.1%
Result includes charges related to pending Red Lobster sale
7 ways to protect your restaurant's customer data 
Top tips from experts on keeping data safe
Mass. House passes bill raising state minimum wage to $11
Hourly wage would be highest in nation if signed by Governor Deval Patrick
My Fit Foods names David Goronkin CEO
Former Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. chief executive tasked with growing concept
Luby's adds combined Luby's-Fuddruckers units
Cafeteria-burger format enhances profits, same-store sales
Report: Customer satisfaction with smaller chains rises 
Quality becomes more important to consumers, according to American Customer Satisfaction Index chairman
NPC International to acquire 56 Wendy's units
Largest Pizza Hut franchisee makes fourth expansion into burger chain’s holdings within a year
P.F. Chang's confirms credit card data breach 
Company returns to use of manual-imprint card readers while investigation continues
Luby's 3Q net income falls 29.7%
Operator pushes forward with restaurant conversion plan
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
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