Bob Evans Farms got its start when our founder, Bob Evans, began making sausage on his southeastern Ohio farm to serve at a 12-stool diner he owned in nearby Gallipolis in 1948.
"We served a lot of breakfasts, but we couldn't get any decent sausage," Bob recalled. "So I decided to start making my own from hogs raised right on our farm, using all the best parts of the hog, including the hams and tenderloins." The restaurant drew many truck drivers who traveled through the region. "You might say the truck drivers did my research for me," Bob said. "They would tell me that this was the best sausage they ever had, and then buy 10-pound tubs to take home."
These good reports prompted Bob Evans to go into the sausage business. The building where he made the sausage was built with open ends, at the suggestion of his father, so it could be used as a machinery shed if the sausage business failed. But, it didn't fail. In 1953, a group of friends and family recognized the growing demand for Bob's sausage and became business partners by establishing Bob Evans Farms.
Bob Evans Farms got its start when our founder, Bob Evans, began making sausage on his southeastern Ohio farm to serve at a 12-stool diner he owned in nearby Gallipolis in 1948. As the reputation of Bob Evans Sausage grew, Bob Evans invited people to his farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. "There were so many people coming to the farm that we finally built a little restaurant, called The Sausage Shop, in 1962 just to take care of them. It started out with only a dozen stools -- just a convenience place," Bob recalled. Today the restaurant, which carries the “Bob Evans” name, can seat 134 guests.
The farm in Rio Grande, Ohio where Bob Evans and his family once lived has evolved into a tourist destination with camping, hiking, concerts and other events throughout the year. The largest event is our Bob Evans Farm Festival. An annual signature event since 1971, Farm Festival attracts thousands of visitors and is held the second full weekend in October.
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
8111 Smith's Mill Road, New Albany, OH 43054