Bob Evans Began As A Family Farm and Home Based Business

June 30, 2007 by Chuck | 0 Comments

This month Bob Evans, 89, founder of what would become the Bob Evans Farms product line and restaurant chain died at the Cleveland Clinic.

The homestead that housed the home business that would become the nationally known chain was in Rio Grande OH.


Bob Evans, founder of the company, lived on the Bob Evans Farm in southeastern Ohio for nearly 20 years. He and his wife, Jewell, raised their six children in the large brick farmhouse known as the Homestead. The Homestead, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was once a stagecoach stop and an inn, so the spirit of hospitality is deeply embedded in our company’s history. Today, the Homestead serves as a company museum and historical center.

Exciting events like the annual Rio Grande Bean Dinner as well as the Bob Evans Farm Festival keep people coming back to the farm. The Bob Evans Restaurant & General Store on the farm are open all year round. The farm, Craft Barn and Homestead Museum are open daily April 1 through Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The first Bob Evans Restaurant opened on the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio.

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