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.

Popeyes names 2 new key executives
John Merkin appointed COO-US; Andrew Skehan promoted to president-international
Ignite widens loss in 4Q
CEO says Macaroni Grill sale will sharpen focus
Zoe’s Kitchen: Menu, dinner daypart lifts 4Q sales
Fast-casual operator exceeds analysts’ expectations
Romano’s Macaroni Grill buyer banks on fast casual
Forthcoming CEO John Gilbert sees strong future with Romano’s Kitchen Counter platform
Zoe's Kitchen narrows loss in 4Q
Same-store sales rise 7.8 percent at fast-casual chain
Yum to open second Super Chix restaurant 
Latest location of “exploratory concept” will debut in April
P.F. Chang's names Michael Osanloo CEO
Rick Federico remains executive chairman of parent company
Ignite to sell Romano's Macaroni Grill
Redrock Partners to acquire casual-dining brand for $8 million
Pizza Hut puts customers in the driver’s seat
Chain tests “connected car” technology
QuikTrip expands quick-service concept 1
The 700-unit convenience store chains adds more QT Kitchens locations
Mobile pay makes headway in restaurants
Brands find various ways to meet consumer demand
Behind Firehouse Subs’ mobile payment rollout
CFO Vince Burchianti discusses the sandwich chain’s technology
Restaurants catch #TheDress' shirttails
Social media managers find that viral topic colors their posts
Report: Z Capital to sell Mrs. Fields, TCBY parent
Firm working with Stifel to seek bids for Famous Brands International
Waffle House anchors crowdsourced shipping platform
Restaurants serve as “roadhouses” for Roadie cargo service
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Apr 23, 2015

McDonald's performance is worse than you think 1

McDonald's U.S. same-store sales fell 2.6 percent in the first quarter. But factor out breakfast, and the number is worse....More
Apr 23, 2015

Fertitta plans 10-acre Houston development, 1st Mastro’s in Texas

The development will combine a luxury hotel with offices and residential and retail offerings....More

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