Evans complained that he could not get good sausage for the restaurant he started after World War II in Gallipolis in southeast Ohio.
Starting with $1,000, a couple of hogs, 40 pounds of black pepper, 50 pounds of sage and other secret ingredients, he opted to make his own, relying on the hog's best parts as opposed to the scraps commonly used in sausage. He began selling it at the restaurant and mom-and-pop stores, and peddled tubs of it out of the back of his pickup truck.
It marked the beginning of what is now a restaurant chain with sales of $1.6 billion in the fiscal year ended April 28 with 590 restaurants in 18 states. The company also operates 108 Mimi's Cafe casual restaurants in 19 states, mostly in the West. Its sausage and other products are sold in grocery stores.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Bob Evans, founder of restaurant chain, dead at 89
Bob Evans, the founder of the Bob Evans Restaurant chain, died today at age 89. The chain has numerous eateries in Missouri, including one in Joplin: