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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Chuck E. Cheese’s hones menu strategy and value
Family-dining and entertainment chain works to counter veto vote from parents
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Joe’s Crab Shack to retrench from Bronx, Newark 2
Ignite CEO Robert Merritt says “vacation-type” brand ill-suited for urban areas
Brinker names new chief people officer
Rick Badgley joins Chili’s parent from Toms
Smoothie King store
Smoothie King names chief development officer
Kevin King joins chain from Project Pie
fast-casual restaurant executives
5 qualities of successful fast-casual chains
Segment executives share insights during NRA Show
Kids' meals leap beyond child’s play
Brands energize menu offerings, side items to broaden appeal
Chili's restaurant
Chili’s plans to enhance value positioning, technology
Casual-dining chain also looks to grow bar business, executives say at investors’ day
Dave & Buster's logo
Dave & Buster’s drives growth with new menu, game innovations
Company capitalizes on “New Is What We Do” theme
Dave & Buster's logo
Amusements boost Dave & Buster’s 1Q profit
Revenue from amusements eclipses food and beverage
Ruby Tuesday restaurant
Ruby Tuesday names Sue Briley interim CFO
Briley serves as company’s vice president of finance
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Wingstop debuts social ordering platform
Customers can send order to brand on Twitter, Facebook Messenger
Private-equity firm acquires Gigi’s Cupcakes
Fort Worth-based FundCorp also owns Gatti’s Pizza
Ruby Tuesday sells remaining Lime Fresh assets for $4.6M
EverFresh Endeavors buys franchised units
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Cracker Barrel to open second Holler & Dash restaurant
Biscuit house to expand this summer to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Zoe's Kitchen restaurant
Zoe’s Kitchen sales rise on menu additions
CEO Kevin Miles says added items give customers new reasons to visit

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