The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 20, 2013

Local Bob Evans to close for renovations

Staff Writer

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The Bob Evans is set to get a new look in April.

The Columbus-based restaurant chain is in the process of remodeling several area restaurants. The store at 3319 N. Ridge E. will close April 14 and reopen April 21, a corporate official said.

The renovated Bob Evans include new “Taste the Farm” bakery items; carry-out areas, redesigned retail areas, and decor changes, including murals in the entryway, more modern furnishings and light fixtures, and brighter color schemes in fabric, walls and carpeting.

Permits also have been pulled from the township for outdoor work, such as color changes to signs, paint to the outside of the building, said Ryan Whitmire, Ashtabula Township zoning inspector.

The Ashtabula Township store, located in front of Ashtabula Towne Square, opened in July 1995, shortly after the Ashtabula Mall.

Bob Evans executives believe the company’s bakery, carryout and catering facilities have sales-growth potential and are remodeling the restaurants to accommodate this growth, according to the company website.

The Bob Evans Restaurant chain started from a single truck stop diner near Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio in 1953. The chain has grown to 575 restaurants in 23 states, primarily in the mid-Atlantic, Midwestern and upper Southern states.