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Bob Evans Farms is renovating its farm and first restaurant in Rio Grande, Ohio.
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Big Johnson

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Mar 7, 2011
 
Well I'm an old cowhand....
Melissa

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Mar 7, 2011
 
The restaurant on the farm is not the first restaurant. The first Bob Evans Restaurant is in Gallipolis OH (abour 10min away from the farm). The slogan "Come on Down to the Farm" had people showing up at the farm thinking there was a restaurant there, but there was only a sausage shop. Bob Evans would invite those people into him home and have his wife cook for them instead or just turning them away.

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Mar 7, 2011
 
Melissa wrote:
The restaurant on the farm is not the first restaurant. The first Bob Evans Restaurant is in Gallipolis OH (abour 10min away from the farm). The slogan "Come on Down to the Farm" had people showing up at the farm thinking there was a restaurant there, but there was only a sausage shop. Bob Evans would invite those people into him home and have his wife cook for them instead or just turning them away.
Great meals at the original restaurant fondly remembered.

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Mar 7, 2011
 
Melissa wrote:
The restaurant on the farm is not the first restaurant. The first Bob Evans Restaurant is in Gallipolis OH (abour 10min away from the farm). The slogan "Come on Down to the Farm" had people showing up at the farm thinking there was a restaurant there, but there was only a sausage shop. Bob Evans would invite those people into him home and have his wife cook for them instead or just turning them away.
I can imagine telling Mrs. Biggie to get out in the kitchen and cook up something for strangers. hahahahahah She'd say "Go cook it yourself!" hahahahaha

Guess things were different back then.
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I am surprised. The corporate management hated Bob so much they would not pay him tribute while he was alive. They even fired him from his job decades ago. Maybe they feel badly about it now.
One who knows

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The first Bob Evans restaruant was the Steak House in Gallipolis which sat beside of his Drive-In resturant. My mother used to work at the Drive-In were she met my father. Years later I would go to the Steak House with my Grandfather for breakfast and a visit with Bob. Unfortunately both have been razed to make way for progress.

The corporate suits don't want to acknowledge the true history so they have rewritten it to suit their purpose. To bad, many of us from Gallipolis will always remember the true history. How Bob sold his name and had to buy it back so he could start what is now the Bob Evans chain of restaruants. Those of us who know the true history won't let it die, no matter what corporate does!
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Mar 7, 2011
 
I've eaten at the steak house and the farm restaurant. I'm disappointed that the steak house was not made part of the chain and is now unrecognizable to anyone who didn't memorize the location before the name and menu changed. Speaking of menus, I also miss the day when the farm restaurant served an enhanced menu containing items that weren't on the menus of the other stores. The last time I ate at the farm, it was no different than eating at the restaurant right around the corner. They should go back to the enhanced menu to keep the location special and worth the trip.
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May 12, 2011
 
Love hearing the old stories. I was born and raised from a small town not far away and now I live away but when I do come in town my son always has to go there and visit. What ever happened to all the animals they had in the fence behind the restaurant and the goldfish silo? We tour the barns (mainly to pet animals) but its always nice to be able to do so.
Phil Dirt

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Aug 28, 2011
 
Candide wrote:
I've eaten at the steak house and the farm restaurant. I'm disappointed that the steak house was not made part of the chain and is now unrecognizable to anyone who didn't memorize the location before the name and menu changed. Speaking of menus, I also miss the day when the farm restaurant served an enhanced menu containing items that weren't on the menus of the other stores. The last time I ate at the farm, it was no different than eating at the restaurant right around the corner. They should go back to the enhanced menu to keep the location special and worth the trip.
Where was the steakhouse? Was it where the bobevans restarant is in town today? That place is too small and crowded

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Aug 29, 2011
 
"Phil Dirt"
Where was the steakhouse? Was it where the bobevans restarant is in town today? That place is too small and crowded

it was on eastern avenue,just up from ratliffs pools store
steakhouse in the 70s

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Apr 15, 2013
 
I worked at the Bob Evans Steakhouse while in college and my family was friends and neighbors of Bob and Jewel. I even used to babysit Stan's kids. So sad that it is no longer there. It was sooooo different than the sausage shoppes and had a full service menu. It's a shame that some of those classics, the pioneer salad, smoked link sandwich, sugar cream pie and graham cracker cream pie have been lost forever. I still miss the good times with Cyndi, Daisy, Bee, Vickie and the others.

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Apr 16, 2013
 
i remember cyndi and daisy,i was a busboy there in 1979
Forever Enzyte Bob

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Bob Evans was a hilljack
They cannot kill a Spook

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Forever Enzyte Bob wrote:
Bob Evans was a hilljack
So? Can't raise cattle and hogs in town.

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