Only two Bob Evans restaurants remain open for business in St. Charles County after the recent closures of the restaurants in St. Peters and the O’Fallon.
Those remaining are the St. Charles location on Zumbehl Road and the Wentzville Bob Evans restaurant.
Wentzville’s General Manager, Brian Dever, told 70 West Sentinel that business was good and sales were up at the Wentzville location. “We have a good reputation,” he said. “I just wish we were a little more visible from the highway.”
Employees at the two closed locations have been offered the chance to work at the two remaining restaurants.
The chain closed some underperforming locations in April 2016, when the Florissant location was closed. The four St. Charles County locations survived that first round of cuts.
Bob Evans restaurants go back to the 1948, when founder Bob Evans began making his own sausage for a diner he owned in Ohio. The first Bob Evans Farms restaurant opened in 1962. The restaurant chain was purchased by Golden Gate Capital in May of this year, according to an article in the Columbus Business Journal. Golden Gate also owns California Pizza Kitchen and Red Lobster.
The Wentzville restaurant was constructed in 2005. Dever, who has worked for Bob Evans for 35 years, turned down a promotion to continue as Wentzville’s general manager.
“I like being closer to the customers,” he said.