If you enjoy good, homestyle cooking, chances are you have given Bob Evans restaurants a try. Whether it is the delicious Bob Evans sausage, hearty biscuits and gravy, or homemade meatloaf, a meal "down on the farm" is always a treat. Most patrons know this side of Bob Evans. What many may not know, however, is the rich heritage of the Bob Evans farm and how the Evans family turned their local sausage business into a thriving restaurant chain.
Just a two hour drive from Cincinnati, in Rio Grande, Ohio, the Bob Evans Homestead details the story behind Bob and Jewell Evans starting the first Bob Evans restaurant. What started as a stage coach stop and Inn, then the family home, the Homestead is now a museum chronicling the Evans family, their business, and the local farming community.
Bob Evans farm is also home to many other historical and interesting sites to see on your visit. The quilt barn acts as a craft demonstration area and visitor center. Other attractions include an Indian mound, grist and sorghum mills, a windmill, and a log cabin village.
Bob Evans Homestead, in Rio Grande, Ohio, is well worth the short drive to learn about the beginnings of this wonderful restaurant chain we love today.
Additional info: Location - 791 Farmview Rd. Bidwell, OH 45614. Hours - 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, April 1st through December 23rd.