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.

Olive Garden September same-store sales rise 0.6%
Darden releases monthly sales comparisons ahead of Oct. 10 annual shareholders’ meeting
Restaurant Operations Watch: Making the grade — visible
Why it’s better for operators to comply with laws for displaying health grades
Survey: Olive Garden pasta pass sours brand perception
YouGov BrandIndex finds dip in customers’ future purchase plans
Wingstop names Michael Mravle CFO
Mravle succeeds former CFO Lance Loshelder
TGI Fridays launches refranchising initiative
Casual-dining brand seeks to sell most of 247 company-owned U.S. units
Chipotle to roll out Sofritas in 9 more states
Vegan tofu-based item to be added to permanent menu in South, Southeast
Culver’s targets younger customers via Instagram 
Latest social media campaign features 15-second parody videos
Franchisor BRIX sees niche in healthier lifestyle
CEO reveals what’s next after recent Souper Salad acquisition
Jimmy John's reports payment card data breach
Operator says 216 locations affected between June and September
Restaurant Operations Watch: Restaurant stages cheeky Yelp protest 
Botto Bistro encouraged users to leave poor reviews on its page
Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana open adjacent restaurants
Parent Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc. debuts two brands together in San Antonio
More restaurants layer loyalty programs onto smartphone apps 
Dunkin’ Donuts, BJ’s, Starbucks, Your Pie, Forever Yogurt put rewards in customers’ pockets
Yum to change Banh Shop logo over controversy
Company apologizes to Vietnamese community over red star’s connotation of communist symbolism
Dairy Queen starts Blizzard social media battle
Brand pits apple, pumpkin flavors against each other in new marketing campaign
Cracker Barrel tests regional pricing, implements new tech tools
Family-dining chain aims to boost check average, improve margins with new initiatives
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