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Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: BOBE) is a food service, processing, and retail company based in Columbus, Ohio. The company is named after its founder, Bob Evans (1918 2007). It operates two family dining restaurant chains in the United States, Bob Evans Restaurants and Mimi’s Cafe. Its food processing and retail enterprise products are manufactured and sold under the Bob Evans and Owens Country Sausage brand names. The Bob Evans Restaurant chain started from a single truck stop diner near the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio (just north of Gallipolis, Ohio). The chain has grown to nearly 570 locations in 23 states, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, and upper Southern states. All locations are corporately owned, not franchised. The restaurant chain started after Bob Evans kept hearing patrons at his truck stop say that they thought his sausage was the best around. Bob slaughtered and packaged his own pork sausage using a unique recipe, but did not have the manufacturing capacity to fill large orders. He made a business arrangement with his cousin Tim Evans who was then the owner of Evans Packing Co. to package the Bob Evans Sausage products at Tim’s plant. Tim Evans is retired and still maintains his residence near the original Bob Evans Restaurant in Rio Grande. Another relative, Dan Evans, served as CEO until his retirement in 2000. Bob Evans also continued to reside in Rio Grande until his death on June 21, 2007.