Gino’s is coming back! ( Sort of)

19 Jan

Gino's Hamburger, fries and drink If you lived in the Northeast corridor of the U.S.  in the late 50s  to the mid-80s, you are familiar with the picture on the left. Founded in Baltimore, Md;  this chain of restaurants was the formidable rival of McDonald’s.  The Sirloiner was their version of the Quarter-Pounder. Likewise, the Gino Giant was an alternative to the Big Mac. As a kid, Gino’s was synonymous wit KFC. In some regions the two chains merged, like how KFC merged with Taco Bell. We spent a lot of time between Gino’s and Mickey D’s, but Gino’s won out in my family.

Ahh, memories

So, imagine my glee when I discovered the link to many childhood memories is restarting. I was absolutely in heaven. Then, someone dropped the KIBOSH on me.

The new franchise will start in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and  not in Maryland. This is a travesty, and I implore anyone within eyeshot with this company to consider franchises in Maryland.

Please, because my soul needs a Gino Giant!

4 Responses to “Gino’s is coming back! ( Sort of)”

  1. Anthony January 21, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    “Everybody goes to Gino’s/’Cause Gino’s is the place to go/Everybody goes to Gino’s/Everybody in the know…”

    No question, the Giant beat the Big Mac, hands down. Back when I was a kid, I used to get mine from the Gino’s on North Avenue near the old Polytechnic High. What a bargain (the only other part of the jingle I remember is “a hamburger there is just 15 cents…”)! Unfortunately, a B’more that can’t support many (any?) first run movie theaters may not be able to convince any potential franchise owners to take a chance w/a legacy brand like Gino’s during the Great Recession.

    • culinarychick January 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

      Anthony, I’m still chafing about the closure of the Senator Theater. Unfortunately, I think if we can support a Five Guys Burger chain ( Oh, YUM), then we can support a Gino’s.

      Maybe this is just wishful thinking. Thanks for reading!
      The CC

  2. Dianne January 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    You would think since it started in MD originally they would come back. Business people are clueless sometimes! (Or well most of the time!)

    • culinarychick January 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

      One can dream, baby!
      I need a Gino Giant in my life!

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