It’s an Ohio culinary institution — Bob Evans restaurants with their familiar red and brick facades.
Soon the place that is a staple for home cooked breakfasts and dinners may become a go-to venue for beer and wine as well.
Several outlets nationally and locally are reporting that Bob Evans has decided to expand its new alcoholic beverage offerings outside of its Florida operations, where they have been test marketed for some time.
With that, a number of Ohio locations have pending liquor permit applications including, according to Business First Columbus, for the restaurant at 2100 West Fourth Street in Ontario, diagonally across from Avita Ontario Hospital and Richland Mall.
A search of Ohio Department of Liquor Control records shows pending D1 and D6 permit applications for that location.
Bob Evans Restaurants are owned by Golden Gate Capital, based in New Albany. Founded in 1948, the restaurants were sold in 2017. The chain operates in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest.
Online menus for Florida locations do not show beer and wine offerings. Apparently, these are available for customers who dine in and ask for a list of what is available. There is no word on a timeline for introduction of this new line for Bob Evans.