UPDATE: Bob Evans breaks silence about fate of local restaurants

More than 10 days after abruptly shutting down its Moraine location, Bob Evans Restaurants said that “tough decisions” such as the closure of that West Dorothy Lane restaurant are necessary to guarantee a bright future for the popular chain.

But a spokeswoman for Bob Evans restaurants reassured customers in the Miami Valley that their local restaurants are safe for now. “No other changes are planned in greater Dayton at this time,” the spokeswoman said.

EARLIER COVERAGE: Local Bob Evans restaurant shuts down abruptly

“The beloved Bob Evans brand continues to thrive, and we will keep a strong presence in the Dayton market,” the chain’s spokeswoman said. “To assure Bob Evans Restaurants can maintain the stability of our business and build toward a vibrant future, we must make some tough decisions.”

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“The closure of our Moraine location is one of those changes. By closing underperforming locations, we can focus on our core brand and on aligning our marketing and operational efforts.”

The Moraine location closed Oct. 1. The spokeswoman noted that there are three other Bob Evans restaurant locations within nine miles of the closed restaurant, including one in Kettering on East Dorothy Lane, which is about four miles away.

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Twenty-nine of the store’s 31 hourly employees accepted a transfer to other local Bob Evans locations, as did all three of the Moraine store’s managers, the company spokeswoman said.

“We are grateful to our local restaurant employees and managers for their service and to our loyal guests who have visited the Moraine restaurant for many years,” the Bob Evans spokeswoman said. “We have a firm priority on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

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The entire Bob Evans Restaurants chain is under new corporate ownership as of six months ago.

After announcing the acquisition of Bob Evans Restaurants by Golden Gate Capital in January, the $565 million transaction was finalized in May. Golden Gate Capital officials said at the time they would retain the Bob Evans leadership team to guide the transition as they took part of the company private.

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And just 2 months ago, officials announced that Bob Evans Farms, Inc. — the food company that remained after the sale of the restaurants — would be sold to Post Holdings, Inc. for $1.5 billion.

Founded in 1948 in Ohio, Bob Evans Farms Inc. produces and distributes refrigerated potato, pasta and vegetable-based side dishes, pork sausage, and a variety of refrigerated and frozen convenience food items under the Bob Evans, Owens, Country Creek and Pineland Farms brands.

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