From Ohio History Central
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Rio Grande, Ohio, resident Bob Evans ventured into the restaurant business in the 1940s, operating a small diner. What made a name for his restaurant was his sausage, produced from his own hogs. Eventually, the Bob Evans name became synonymous with both sausage and country-style restaurants. In the 1960s, the first Bob Evans Restaurant opened its doors in Rio Grande, eventually becoming the first in a chain of restaurants that made up the Bob Evans Farms, Inc. By 2004, the company operated more than five hundred restaurants in the United States, including not only Bob Evans Restaurants but also Owens Restaurants and Mimi's Cafe Restaurants. Bob Evans Farms, Inc.'s sales total more than one billion dollars each year, and the company's stock is traded on the NASDAQ. The company also owns and operates the original Evans farm, known as the Homestead, in Rio Grande. The farm hosts thousands of visitors each year and offers several special events, including an annual quilt show and a bluegrass festival.