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April 6, 2011

The first Baltimore-area Gino's to be in Towson


Updated, 7:25 p.m.:

Gino’s is back, and Towson’s got it.

Maryland Executive Park, near the intersection of Joppa and La Salle roads, will be the setting for the first Baltimore-area Gino's Burgers and Chicken. The announcement was made this week by the office park’s developers, St. John Properties.

The Towson location is the first of 10 local franchise locations A&M Hospitality of Maryland hopes to build in the suburban Baltimore area. Scott Autry, an A&M principal, said, “We searched high and low, met with several different brokers, and after doing research into the fast-casual market we settled on this place.”

For Autry, the business park offers three major assets: “location, location, location. We’re close enough to Baltimore but not far from White Marsh and the northeastern market. We’re right in the middle.”

The new space’s size mattered to Autry, too. “Gino’s recommends 2,500 square feet for its locations,” Autry added, “and we’ll have 3,500 here, plus patio seating.”

Additionally, Autry said, “the business park offers plenty of parking.”

The last Gino's, located in Pasadena and owned independently, closed in 1991. Although Gino's was founded in Baltimore, the company relocated its headquarters to King of Prussia before it was acquired by Marriott Corp. in 1982.

When the company relaunched Gino's Burgers & Chicken in King of Prussia, Pa., scores of Baltimoreans who remembered the famous restaurant drove up to see if the food tasted they way they remembered it.

Autry and Jared Miller of the newly formed company A&M Hospitality were announced in February as the first franchisees for the relaunched Gino's Burgers and Chicken.

Autry said he hopes to have the Gino’s running by July but that the opening could come even sooner.

In his response to the news, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz took some artistic license with the memorable Gino’s jingle: “Everybody goes to Gino’s in Towson,” Kamenetz said, “because Towson is the place to go.”

Also check out:

-- The Sun Magazine interview with the man who started it all, Gino Marchetti

-- Laura Vozzella on the nostalgia for the Gino's franchise

-- The Baltimore Sun Gino's photo galleries

-- Gino's on Dining@Large

(Photo by Amy Davis, The Baltimore Sun)

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 12:56 PM | | Comments (23)


this pleases me.

Gino's in Towson? Really??? We already have BK, McD, and 5 Guys in the same block + 2 more McDs within a mile's radius. What are we aiming for: a fast food chain at every bus stop?

I cannot WAIT until summer, now that I know Gino's is coming back!! The Gino's Giant - what a memory. But I'm also hearing that it's going to average $8-10 per person, so it's not gonna be a place that I go to ofter - just enough to capture my youth!!

They should use the old Towson Gino's on York Road near Washington, near the traffic circle. The County has kept it abandoned and an eyesore, just so a Gino's might re-open decades later.

I agree with Mitchellfan, that is an eyesore. Plus you would get all the Towson lunch crowd. But that would not be a good thing for Burger Bros.

@hit and run -- this location is not that close to the BK, 5 Guys or McDonald's so I'm not sure what your point is. This new Gino's would be where Glory Days is and is across Joppa Rd from Applebees and QDoba. Still, there are several restaurants in that area so it is fairly competitive, but not with all of the burger places that you named.

Wow! I worked at the Gino's in Timonium, across from the racetrack, when I was in high school. IMHO they were better than McDonald's. I'll have to stop be at least once just for old time's sake.

I would love to have a Gino Giant,if only for the memories.Lol People will always chose to eat where they want,no matter how many burger places there are.So go with it.

DH and I drove up to Pa. a few weeks ago to go to Gino's. Well worth it- we ordered and got our drinks, then they brought our food to the table. It was delicious, fresh hand formed burgers, like 5 Guys; good fries, and real onion rings.
A bit more expensive but worth it.
Plus we met Gino and had our picture taken with him!

Like Towson isn't plump enough.

The former Gino's in Towson is up fotr lease but quite pricey for a fast food establishment - I am sure they weighed that site and ruled it out (it would also be a major rehab job - it has been vacant for close to 20 years). Good to see that Marriott could not kill that name (as they did with the Howard Johnson restaurant chain)

Back in the late '60s, Gino's peeled, blanched, and fried thier own french fries, used frozen beef patties, toasted the buns on the grill.Used dehydrated onions, Breaded and pressure cooked the Kentucky fried chicken.
If Gino's is hand making fresh beef and fresh onion rings, then that would be an upgrade in quality.

I never remember Gino's as being very good. However, I was a huge Colts fan. So there you have it.

The proposed location isn't much more than a Unitas-to-Moore bomb from the original Ameche's.

... though I'm willing to be corrected if the Ameche's near Loch Raven and Taylor wasn't the first.

99% of the comments I see on Gino's are people reminiscing of working there or going there with friends and family. I appreciate good memories of one's youth but I wonder how good the food actually is? Or will be? Will it survive the initial nostalgia visits? I've never been so I honestly don't know.


There's a 2 block stretch of Route 40 inside the Beltway in Catonsville that has:

- McDonald's
- Burger King
- Chik Fil A
- Checkers
- Panda something or other (Chinese)
- Quizno's
- Chuck E. Cheese
- Shirley's (former IHOP)

I think that's it, but I might have missed one. In other words, you all ain't got nuthin' on us! :)

There seems to be more than a few "haters" or spoil sports here too - could they be members of the Center for Science in the Public Interest ?

Just ignore them, JT. We'll get back at them on 10/24 with our steaks and cheesecake and side dishes!

You are forgetting the Subway and the Chinese restaurant in the Ingleside shopping center. Also, right across from Shirley's is Mr. G's hamburgers, etc. Truly, an embarrassment of fast food riches in Catonsville...

Bring back White Coffee Pot and White Coffee Pot Jr.

If this Marchetti guy shows up locally to promote this burger trough will somebody please let me know? I want to ask him a few questions to firm up Big Daddy Lispcomb blog post. Thank you.

I was search for Minka Lavery Gold
and found this post. I would say that you have answered my question thanks

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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