Bob Evans to Open 100,000+ Locations This Summer

Bob Evans to Open 100,000+ Locations This Summer

Launches new picnic menu turning every picnic blanket into a Bob Evans

Bob Evans to Open 100,000+ Locations This SummerBob Evans is bringing that special picnic feeling to everyone this Summer: no park necessary. Known for its iconic comfort food, Bob Evans is rolling out a new Summer picnic menu chock-full of summer’s brightest flavors. Just in time for Summer, Bob Evans commissioned a national survey to delve deeper into Americans’ love of picnics. According to the new Bob Evans survey, picnics are beloved because of the people involved rather than where they take place. The survey of 2,503 Americans found that picnics are about more than just food; 86% of respondents loved to picnic because it provided an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. In addition, it turns out that, while being outside was considered an important part of picnicking, more than 58% of respondents had staged an indoor picnic in the last year, showing that anywhere can be a perfect place for a picnic if you have good food and great company.

Bob Evans to Open 100,000+ Locations This Summer

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That’s why Bob Evans is bringing picnics and that wonderful feeling of connectedness to locations near everyone! The family-style restaurant is opening up hundreds of thousands of picnic blanket locations across the US thanks to the new Summer picnic menu and promotion. Now, there is a Bob Evans location wherever guests can lay a blanket or spread a table cloth. You take care of the company; Bob Evans will handle the food. The Summer Picnic menu is available both in restaurant and as a Picnic to go but only for a limited time. Starting this May, guests can enjoy new, fresh picnic menu items that elicit fond warm-weather memories, including delicious Herb Roasted Chicken, specialty sides, and scrumptious Lemonade Bread, along with other family favorites only available for the Summer, like Strawberry Supreme Pie and Chicken Salad Sliders.

“Picnics have a special place in American’s hearts and minds. Wherever our guests choose to enjoy Bob Evans food, our new picnic menu creates a memorable experience that helps families and friends connect while enjoying delicious Summer food,” said Sara Bittorf, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer of Bob Evans.

Bob Evans Summer picnic menu includes:

  • Herb Roasted Chicken: Marinated roasted chicken seasoned with garden herbs, topped with a citrus garden herb sauce and garnished with a fresh cut lemon
  • Tomato Cucumber Salad: Ripe fresh cut tomatoes, crisp diced cucumbers, and sweet yellow onions tossed in a champagne vinaigrette
  • Homestyle Chicken Tenders: Bob Evans white meat chicken tenders seasoned to perfection and fried to order
  • Summer Herb Corn: Sweet corn with diced fresh red and green peppers finished with a citrus garden herb sauce
  • Summer Chicken Salad Plate: White meat chicken salad topped with honey roasted pecans, served with grapes, fresh cut melon, bananas, pineapples and strawberries
  • Summer Chicken Sliders: White meat chicken salad mixed with grapes and celery on fresh baked signature Bob Evans dinners rolls
  • Strawberry Supreme Pie: Rich cream cheese filling topped with a layer of fresh strawberries and finished with whipped topping
  • Lemonade Bread: Bob Evans lemonade bread is a twist on a traditional lemon pound cake glazed with lemonade icing
  • Strawberry French Toast Bake: Fresh strawberry topping on our French Toast Bake. Served with fresh cut fruit and choice of breakfast meat

In addition, Bob Evans is launching “The Pop-Up Picnic Tour” in cities around Ohio – Bob Evans home state – to help everyone enjoy the magic of Summer picnics with good food, friends and family. Gingham is not required but definitely recommended.

Events details:

June 15th
Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

For more information, including tips for a perfect picnic or to order your Picnic Family Meal to go visit

Bob Evans Restaurants is a chain of family style restaurants founded and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, which owns and operates 523 family restaurants in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. Bob Evans believed in treating strangers like friends and friends like family; and those principles are alive today at every Bob Evans Restaurant. As a private company owned by Golden Gate Capital, Bob Evans Restaurants is focused on providing quality food and hospitality to every guest at every meal, each and every day.

For more information about Bob Evans Restaurants, visit

Survey Methodology

The 2017 Bob Evans Restaurants survey was conducted from May 25 – 26, 2017, using the Research Now online opt-in consumer panel. At the time of the survey, the 2,503 participants had to reside in the 50 states or District of Columbia and be at least 18 years of age or older. Age data was weighted to more accurately reflect the U.S. adult population based on U.S. Census data.