The Return of Gino's
Mid-Atlantic Baby Boomers will remember Gino's. A fast food restaurant offering burgers plus Colonel Sander's "Secret Recipe" fried chicken around Baltimore and Philly during the 60s, 70s and early 80s. The chain was named for Baltimore Colts football player Gino Marchetti. He and some team-mates were principals in the company. In 1982, they sold out to Marriott and most locations became Roy Rogers (the rest were sold off).
Some of the original partners are trying to resurrect Gino's. The first was opened last year in King of Prussia, Pa. It's a former McDonald's across from a mega shopping mall. It's got the trademark red roof and looks a bit like the old Geno's (minus the rotating bucket with the Colonel's picture on it). The interior is a retro diner motif with booths and lots of stainless steel. Prices are higher than the old Geno's (even factoring in inflation); the new Geno's seems to be going up against Five Guys this time, not Mikey D's. They said food is fresh daily and items are made to order (you place your order and they give you a numbered card to put on your table; then they bring out your order). The fries tasted like they were not frozen and made from real potatoes. The revived Geno's Giant (their version of the Big Boy, which pre-dated both the Quarter Pounder and the Big Mac) also tasted fresh, and not dried out from sitting under a heat lamp and being microwaved. The bun was a little soft for my taste and the sauce less flavorful than I remember. The menu was varied for a fast food place with Ceasar Chicken or Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken and Cobb Salad among the menu items. The also have real (hard) ice cream and real milk shakes (not soft-serve).
Their website says they plan to open five more locations around Philly-Baltimore by the end of the year. Unfortunately, the place was not that crowded around lunch hour.
More info on their website: http://www.ginosgiant.com/index.html
post edited by michaelcarraher - 2011/08/18 11:35:09