Gino's Hamburgers

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Not to be confused with Geno's Steaks.
Gino's Burgers and Chicken
Industry Fast food
Fate Acquisition
Founded 1957 (Dundalk, Maryland)
Defunct 1982 (Revived in 2010)
Headquarters King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Number of locations
2
Key people
Gino Marchetti (Chain's namesake),
Tom Romano (C.O.O. in 1982)
Products Fast food (including Hamburgers, French fries, and Fried chicken)
Website www.ginosgiant.com

Gino's Hamburgers was a fast-food restaurant chain founded in Baltimore, Maryland, by Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti and running back Alan Ameche, along with their close friend Louis Fischer, in 1957. A new group of restaurants under the Gino's name involving some of the principals of the original chain was started in 2010.

History[edit]

The first Gino's was opened in Dundalk, Maryland, just outside Baltimore; it got its official name in 1959 when the owners invited on Colts' captain Gino Marchetti to become a partner. In 1967 Gino's merged with Tops Drive Inn, a chain of 18 drive-in restaurants located in the Washington, D.C., area; most Tops locations were rebranded as Gino's.[1] In the early 1970s, the company attempted to expand from its East Coast base into the midwest, however these locations only operated a short period. For one location, it purchased Orchestra Hall in Detroit and planned to demolish the structure to construct a restaurant. When the plan became public, it led to a grass-roots campaign to save and restore the abandoned structure.[2]

The chain had 359 company-owned locations when Marriott Corporation acquired it in 1982. Marriott discontinued the brand and converted locations to its Roy Rogers Restaurants chain.[3] The last Gino's, located in Pasadena, Maryland and owned independently from Marriott, closed in 1986.

Gino's also operated the Rustler Steak House chain, which was sold by Marriott shortly after its purchase of Gino's.

The restaurant was known for high-quality hamburgers such as the Sirloiner, which was made from sirloin steak (and was originally a staple of Tops Drive Inn), and the Gino Giant, which predated and later competed with the Big Mac. The company held the franchise for Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Mid-Atlantic states. The company’s jingle, played during radio advertisements in the early years was “Everybody goes to Gino’s, ‘cause Gino’s is the place to go!"[4]

The original menu included french fries made fresh in each restaurant. One of the last menu changes included burgers made from fresh ground beef each morning, unique in the fast food industry at the time.[citation needed]

The company also became known for its philanthropic efforts.[5] The executives of the company supported many educational, cultural, recreational, and athletic programs. This made the community and the company tied with the common goal of trying to help the youth.

Gino's Burgers and Chicken (2010)[edit]

Marchetti, Romano, and Fischer have opened several new Gino's restaurants. Marchetti and Fischer will be serving as consultants. The new restaurants plan to serve burgers, chicken sandwiches, hand-cut french fries and hand-spun milkshakes. Initially, the chain plans to open locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland.[6]

In charge is Tom Romano, who worked for 20 years with the company, and was C.O.O. in 1982 when the chain was sold. "It's apparent there's a need for better burgers out there," said Romano, citing the success of such chains as Five Guys, and Gino's Burgers and Chicken has placed itself upscale of the earlier Gino's. Gino's plans to make its burgers to order from fresh beef.[7]

Their first location opened in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, the same town as the original chain's headquarters, on October 25, 2010.[8] Plans were announced in Spring 2011 for franchise expansion into Baltimore. On August 17, 2011, a second Gino's location opened in Towson, Maryland. Another Gino's opened in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on October 11, 2011.

A Gino's Burgers and Chicken opened in Oriole Park at Camden Yards at the start of the Orioles season in 2012, but closed by the end of the 2014 season.[9]

On January 22, 2013, Gino's Burgers and Chicken opened in Aberdeen, Maryland,[10] however the Bensalem location closed around the same time.[11] Later, on July 9, 2013, the King of Prussia location closed, effectively leaving the Philadelphia market.[12] The location at Perry Hall, Maryland, which opened on March 5, 2012,[13] closed on December 8, 2013.[14] The Aberdeen location closed on March 27, 2016,[15] leaving only the Towson and Glen Burnie locations.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson II, William Page (Summer 2007). "Tops Drive Inn" (PDF). The Fare Facs Gazette (Historic Fairfax City Inc.). 
  2. ^ "Orchestra Hall (Paradise Theatre), Detroit Michigan". HistoricStructures.com. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  3. ^ The Marriott Timeline Archived 3 February 2011 at WebCite
  4. ^ "Gino's jingle". Archived from the original on 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Gino's philosophy". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  6. ^ Basch, Michelle (26 February 2010). "Beloved local fast food joint is making a comeback". WTOP-FM Sports. Archived from the original on 2011-02-03. 
  7. ^ Klein, Michael (20 December 2009). "Gino's Hamburgers to make a comeback". The Philadelphia Inquirer. philly.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  8. ^ "Gino's Burgers & Chicken Opens Today!". Gino's Burgers and Chicken on Blogspot.com. 25 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Gino's and Stuggy's out at Oriole Park". The Baltimore Sun. 
  10. ^ Zumer, Bryna (22 January 2013). "Gino's Giants arrive in Aberdeen Wednesday". The Baltimore Sun. hartford.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  11. ^ Klein, Michael (8 February 2013). "Gino's Burgers closes its Bensalem location". The Philadelphia Inquirer. philly.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
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  13. ^ "Perry Hall Gino's Menu: Preview the Prices". Patch Network. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Template:Url=https://foursquare.com/v/ginos-burgers--chicken/4f4b9609e4b0cccede8ae297
  15. ^ "Gino's Aberdeen Press Release". Facebook. 

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