“Today, there is a lot of nostalgia for the way things used to be,” Bob Evans Farms President John Fisher said in a release. “Our new menu and product introductions combine the traditional with the contemporary and allow us to build a better Bob Evans.”
Other new menu items include:
• Bob Evans Burger –Angus beef burger on a brioche bun with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, Sriracha-avocado mayonnaise, topped with a fried egg;
• Steakhouse Burger – topped with smoked bacon, grilled mushrooms and onions, cheese and steak sauce;
• Veggie Omelet – filled with vegetables and shredded cheddar cheese.
Bob Evans is combining the menu-item introductions with a redesigned, streamlined menu that allows customers to customize their meals with choices, prices and portion sizes, company officials said.
The New Albany, Ohio-based chain has faced some struggles. It announced in April 2016 that it was closing 27 underperforming Bob Evans restaurants. Those closings included the restaurant at 1929 Harshman Road in Riverside as well as several others in Toledo and Indianapolis. In May 2015, the restaurant chain closed 17 restaurants as part of a cost-cutting move, although all 17 were located outside Ohio.
In February 2016, this news outlet reported that Bob Evans Restaurants had been named "Best Breakfast" chain by the Colorado-based research firm Market Force Information, based on a survey of 6,700 consumers conducted in late 2015. Consumers in the survey ranked Bob Evans highest among breakfast chains for quality food and healthy choices.