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.

Articles by Ron Ruggless
Chili's aims to become 'faster than fast casual' 
Casual-dining brand looks to tech tools to increase speed of takeout service
Ignite names new presidents for Macaroni Grill, Brick House
Changes come as company works to build the two restaurant brands
Darden outlines Olive Garden turnaround plan 1
Company warns on 3Q sales slump, stands by Red Lobster spinoff
Cracker Barrel names new chief people officer
Beverly K. Carmichael succeeds Doug Barber in the role
Report: TriArtisan looks to buy TGI Fridays
Division of Morgan Joseph bank in “advanced talks” to purchase casual-dining chain
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Breakout Brands 2014: 4 Rivers Smokehouse 
Founder John Rivers says the brand plans to open three to four locations a year
Snap Kitchen
Breakout Brands 2014: Snap Kitchen 
11-unit chain Snap Kitchen offers prepared salads, meals, snacks, desserts and juices
Qdoba, Jack in the Box 1Q same-store sales rise
Net income for parent Jack in the Box Inc. increases 56%
Panera: Operations improvements gain early traction
Company plans more streamlining initiatives, rollout of new flatbreads
Panera 4Q profit rises 5.1%
Company warns on weather-related sales declines in first quarter
Kona Grill swings to loss in 4Q 1
Company points to remodeling, new-restaurant inefficiencies
Major restaurant chains make first moves in Alaska
Texas Roadhouse, Hard Rock Café, Krispy Kreme set to open first units in the state
Survey: Sustainability key to restaurant customers 1
Wade Hanson, director of a new Technomic study, discusses why restaurants need to make the effort
Wingstop pushes international expansion
CEO Charlie Morrison discusses the chain’s growth in Mexico, Southeast Asia, Russia
Report: Fox & Hound, Champps parent nears $120M bankruptcy deal
Private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management to acquire F&H Acquisition Corp.
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