Bob Evans Restaurants
|Traded as||NASDAQ: BOBE|
|Founded||Rio Grande, Ohio (1946)|
|Headquarters||New Albany, Ohio, U.S.|
|Key people||Bob Evans, Founder
Steven A. Davis, CEO
|Products||Bob Evans Restaurants
Bob Evans Sausage
Owens Country Sausage
|Revenue||US$1.669 billion (FY 2012)|
|Operating income||US$107 million (FY 2012)|
|Net income||US$72.85 million (FY 2012)|
|Total assets||US$1.066 billion (FY 2012)|
|Total equity||US$657 million (FY 2012)|
|Employees||46,818 (Apr 2012)|
Bob Evans Farms, Inc. is a food service, processing, and retail company based in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of New Albany. The company is named after its founder, Bob Evans (1918–2007). It operates Bob Evans Restaurants. Its food processing and retail enterprise products are manufactured and sold under the Bob Evans and Owens Country Sausage brand names.
The Bob Evans Restaurant chain started from a single truck stop diner near the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio in 1946. The chain has grown to nearly 570 locations in 23 states, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, and upper Southern states. All locations are corporately owned, not franchised.
The restaurant chain started after Bob Evans began slaughtering and packaging his own sausage for his diner. Truck drivers and other patrons began telling him that his sausage was superior. However, but did not have the capacity to fill large orders. He contracted with his cousin Tim Evans of Evans Packing Co. to package Bob Evans Sausage products. In the early years of The Bob Evans History, Bob was known to have made his way across the Southern Ohio Hills seeking some of the best cuts of meat. He was very well known in a little town along the Ohio River by the name of Gallipolis, Ohio, where at the local Meat Market & Grocery Store he and Earl Nance created sausage recipes. Evans tried to sell his sausage to area restaurants, but they turned him down, saying that customers wouldn't pay more for quality. Evans felt differently, and opened his own restaurant on his farm in Rio Grande in 1962.
Another relative, Dan Evans, served as CEO until his retirement in 2000.
The company also offers pork products to the retail grocery market, as well as other prepared food products to the grocery and food service segments.
The primary theme is one of country living: "Breakfast is served all day."
The company acquired Texas based Owens Country Sausage in 1987. The company branded its otherwise identical restaurants in Texas as Owens Restaurants due to trademark issues. By January 2006, all Owens restaurants were closed.
The Evans family controlled daily operations of the company until 2000 when Dan Evans retired as CEO. After Dan's retirement, Stewart K. Owens (a former officer of the Owens Country Sausage company and later president of BOBE) assumed control of Bob Evans Farms Inc. as CEO. In 2001 he became Chairman of the Board. Company profits faltered under Owens' tenure. In August 2005, after corporate profits had dropped in eight of the previous nine quarters, Owens announced his resignation. Officially, the cause of Owens' departure was "personal reasons" but many analysts believed Owens' departure and Bob Evans disappointing results were more than a mere coincidence. After operating for several months under interim CEO Larry Corbin, the company hired Steven Davis, former president of Long John Silver's, as CEO in May 2006.
The Mimi's Cafe restaurant chain was a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms, Inc., with 144 locations throughout the US, until sold to the U.S. branch of Groupe Le Duff in 2013. They featured casual dining and American food with a French emphasis and decorative elements.
Arthur J. Simms (who headed the commissary at MGM Studios in the 1950s), his son Thomas Simms, Brian Taylor, and Paul Kurz opened the first Mimi's Cafe in December 1978 in Anaheim, California. Bob Evans Farms, Inc. purchased the Mimi's Cafe restaurant chain (operating under SWH Corporation) in July 2004 for USD$182 million.
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- "Mimi's changes recipe a little under new owner; It adds some upscale entrees while preserving comfort-food favorites.".
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