History of Bob Evans Restaurants

Bob Evans abruptly shuts down Butler County location

The restaurant’s former phone number now tells customers the number has been changed to 614-491-2225, the number for Bob Evans’ corporate headquarters in New Albany.

As of Saturday, the company had removed all signage posted on and in front of the building.

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The company did not return calls seeking comment Monday regarding the Sept. 12 closure and the possibility of other area locations being next on the chopping block.

Founded in 1948 in Rio Grande near the Ohio River, the breakfast chain was sold off to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital in May 2017 by publicly traded parent Bob Evans Farms Inc. and taken private as Bob Evans Restaurants.

The chain closed dozens of under-performing restaurants in the two years prior to the sale. In April 2015, Bob Evans announced it was shutting down 20 restaurants. In April 2016, the company announced another round of closures, this time targeting 27 restaurants.