Sounds like Gino's is in good hands.
The new Gino's franchisees are Scott Autry and Jared Miller (not Jared Smith, as was reported in the paper). I just got off the speaker phone with them. They were on their way to a meeting with a real estate agent. Autry said that he and Miller should have an announcement about their first franchise location in the next few weeks.. "We're focusing on Baltimore County," Autry said.
As reported, Autry and Miller's deal with Gino's gives them protective rights to develop stores in Howard, Carroll and Baltimore counties. But the deal also gives them development rights to the Hanover area of Anne Arundel County, where Arundel Mills is located.
Autry has burgers in his blood. His father, Harold, and mother, Julie met when at the Gino's on Rockville Pike in Gaithersburg -- he was the general manager, she was the hostess.
(Harold Autry continued working for Gino's after it was purchased by the Marriott Corporation -- he was the company's East Coast regional manager until the late 1980s, when Marriott dissolved its restaurant holdings. He now operates all of Cheeburger Cheeburger franchises in Maryland.)
Miller was in the food business, too, with Burger King. At 16, he was one of the store's youngest managers.
Miller and Autry, who live next door to each other in Woodbine, in western Howard County, have met Gino Marchetti at the King of Prussia store, the first and only location in the relaunched Gino's franchise. "He made us onion rings," Autry said, who added that he and Miller are determined to practice Autry's hand-on approach. "We'll be in the stores every day," he said.
"Every time we've been there," Autry said about this trips to King of Prussia," there have been people from Maryland there who have made a special trip for a Gino's Giant."