After a five-day closure, the Bob Evans restaurant in Washington, has reopened to the community with a whole new customer experience.
The business remodeled as a part of the company’s “Project Refresh,” which incorporates a bakery, remodeled dining room and a dedicated carryout counter.
Stepping inside, the aroma from the bakery is the first thing guests will notice, with fresh pastries, cookies, bread and seasonal items neatly stacked in a glass case. Cinnamon blossoms, iced gingerbread men, pumpkin spice and glazed doughnuts, cookies and other items were arranged in the case and in boxes for larger quantities.
“The bakery really creates an extra layer,” said Fletcher Sprague, general manager.
Carryouts and catering also are available.
Sprague said the remodeling was done, in part, to bring back the Bob Evans history to the restaurant. Photos of the real Bob Evans farm and festivals held at the farm now hang in the newly remodeled space.
With a more open concept in the dining room, Sprague said customers can be easily seen and larger parties can be seated more quickly.
Other changes include new wallpaper, carpet and booths, among other renovations.
Nationally, Bob Evans offered free hotcakes and coffee for veterans on Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11.
Because the Washington location was closed for the remodel, Sprague said veterans can come in through the end of November to get the free hotcakes and coffee.
“We want to make it up to (veterans),” he said. “We like to take care of our guests. We feel sorry for the miscommunication around that.”
Thanksgiving, Other Specials
Bob Evans will be open Thanksgiving Day, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with holiday favorites on the menu. The restaurant will open at 5 a.m. Black Friday.
The restaurant also will donate holiday meals “Farmhouse Feasts” to Loving Hearts Outreach in Washington. Visitors can donate toward the feasts, which feed up to eight people.
“We don’t just give one, we give as many as the community is willing to help us out with,” said Sprague, adding he hopes to donate 10 to 15 feasts.
Bob Evans also will host community fundraiser nights, where 15 percent of sales on the fund-raiser day benefit a certain group or organization.
For more information, people may call Sprague, or Susan Helfer, assistant general manager, 636-390-8800.