Bob Evans to remodel 150 restaurants

New York -- Bob Evans Farms Inc. plans to remodel 150 restaurants to its “Farm-Fresh Refresh” format in its current fiscal year. The remodels will include 40 sites in the Columbus, Ohio, market in the first quarter.

In its recently completed fiscal 2012, the chain remodeled 87 locations, with sales up 5% in the updated restaurants compared to the rest of the chain, executives said on the company’s fourth-quarter conference call.

The Farm Fresh format includes a bakery, a carry-out area and a redesigned retail area. It also has murals in the entryway depicting the heritage of Bob Evans and an updated dining room, with modern furnishings, light fixtures and brighter color schemes.