COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Bob Evans has died at the age of 89.
Evans became nationally known for his sausage, which he served to truckers in a 12-stool steakhouse in southeast Ohio.
That original restaurant became the cornerstone of a chain that bears his name. Bob Evans had more than 1 billion dollars in sales last fiscal year, with 590 restaurants in 18 states.
Evans was being treated for pneumonia at the Cleveland Clinic when he died early this afternoon.
JUST IN: STATEMENT FROM OHIO GOVERNOR TED STRICKLAND:
"Bob Evans was a true original,” Strickland said. “His life’s work was bringing the warmth, hospitality and good food of Ohio to rest of the nation. I’ve appreciated the opportunity to know Bob personally and greatly admired his wit, his intellectual curiosity and his deep love for his native state. We here in Ohio are all proud of him, and we are all deeply saddened by his passing.”
Click on the video to watch a story we did with Evans in 1999.
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