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Gino's Burger Joints Poised to Make a Comeback in Philadelphia
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/17/12 12:02 pm | updated: 01/17/12 12:02 pm
Philadelphia lost the last of its Gino's Hamburger joints in 1982 when Marriott bought the company and replaced them with Roy Rogers restaurants. But now, Gino's is making a comeback, led by the original founder Gino Marchetti. A few Gino's are open already including King of Prussia, where 85 year old Gino Marchetti himself can be found working in the kitchen. Gino hopes to expand into downtown Philly this year. Who's up for a Gino Giant?

Gino's last shop closed in Maryland in 1991.

Gino's on DeKalb Pike in King of Prussia was the first new Gino's to open, in fall 2010

In August 2011, the former Baltimore Colt made a triumphant return to Maryland by opening a Gino's in Towson, his bacon-covered fries and milkshakes salve for those still wounded by the loss of their iconic team and beloved burger joints. The third Gino's opened in Bensalem a month later. Upper management says there soon could be dozens of Gino's franchises everywhere, including downtown Philadelphia.

In 1982, Marriott bought Gino's for $48 million. The giant corporation was more interested in the real estate to usher in another chain, Roy Rogers.

In 1976, Gino's dropped its famous, multitiered Giant, denying that the decision had been driven by competition from Burger King's "Whopper." The Giant returned the next year, and it's back in King of Prussia and Bensalem, complete with secret sauce.

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