AVI, Bob Evans expand partnership

WARREN – Warren-based AVI Foodsystems is expanding its partnership with Bob Evans Farms Inc. by opening two additional Bob Evans Express locations.

The companies on Wednesday announced plans to open the fast casual dining stores food courts in Great Lakes Mall in Mentor and Millcreek Mall in Erie, Pa.

Bob Evans Express is a nontraditional restaurant concept designed for venues such as workplace cafes, universities, airports, malls, service plazas and hospitals. The concept’s first two locations, both operated by AVI, are housed in a BMW manufacturing facility in Greer, S.C., and at Bob Evans Farms’ corporate headquarters in New Albany.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for AVI Foodsystems and Bob Evans to collaborate, synergize and build the next powerful quick-service brand. I’m confident the Bob Evans Express brand will fill an incredible need in the marketplace,” said AVI President and CEO Anthony Payiavlas of Warren.