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)