Do you remember Gino's Hamburgers?
Many of us do -- and we remember the chain fondly.
Gino's Hamburgers was founded in Baltimore by Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti and running back Alan Ameche, along with their close friend Louis Fischer, in 1957.
It was an East Coast regional fast food mainstay and had 359 company-owned locations when it was acquired by Marriott Corporation in 1982. Marriott discontinued the brand and converted locations to their Roy Rogers Restaurants chain.
The last Gino's, located in Pasadena, Maryland and owned independently from Marriott, closed in 1991.
But Gino's has not been visible in the Philadelphia area market for a long time.
Gino's was known for high quality hamburgers such as the Sirloiner, which was made from sirloin steak, and the Gino Giant, which predated and later competed with the Big Mac. The company held the franchise for Kentucky Fried Chicken in the middle-Atlantic states. Their slogan was "Everybody Goes to Gino's" (or sometimes "Gino's is the Place to Go"). Gino's also pioneered indoor seating at its fast food outlets.
Well, Gino's is set to return!
Marchetti, Romano, and Fischer plan to open new Gino's restaurants in 2010, with franchise information now available.
Marchetti and Fischer will be serving as consultants.
The new restaurant plans to serve burgers, chicken sandwichs, hand-cut french fries and hand-spun milkshakes. Initially, the chain plans to open locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 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.
Gino's plans to make its burgers to order from fresh beef.
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