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Gino's (Finally) Opens Thursday

Restaurant opening was delayed while waiting for county permit; Gino Marchetti hospitalized after fall as precaution.

UPDATE (10:30 p.m.)—Gino’s Burgers and Chicken in Glen Burnie is now open.

The restaurant, located at 7598 Ritchie Highway, was scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Thursday, but had to be delayed because the company needed to secure a permit from Anne Arundel County, said Tom Romano, president and chief executive officer.

Company officials were able to open the restaurant Thursday afternoon and made an announcement around 5 p.m. on their Facebook page.

But the one person so many locals want to see wasn't able to be there for the opening. Gino Marchetti, the 86-year-old former Baltimore Colts defensive end, was hospitalized in Paoli, PA, as a precaution after a fall, Romano said.

Marchetti helped found Gino’s Inc., the predecessor to Gino’s Burgers and Chicken, in 1957. The Glen Burnie location originally was home to an Ameche’s Drive-In, which Marchetti founded with Colts running back Alan Ameche.

Company officials were reluctant to say Marchetti was hospitalized. If Marchetti were able to make it, he would, Romano said.

“If Gino could be here, he’d be here. This is a player who had a broken ankle and stayed on the sidelines until the end of the game,” he said, referring to the 1958 NFL Championship Game when Marchetti prevented the New York Giants from gaining a first down by tackling the running back just a yard before the first down mark and broke his ankle in that same play.

As a team captain, Marchetti insisted on watching the end of the overtime contest from the sidelines instead of seeking medical attention immediately.

“We don’t want people to think, ‘Oh yeah, sure—he fell.’ But if they hear he’s in the hospital, maybe they’ll understand,” Romano said.

Would-be patrons looking to sink their teeth into one of the chain’s famed Gino’s Giant burgers are expressing their disappointment on Gino’s Facebook page, and Romano apologized repeatedly to people as they pulled up in the parking lot. Many on Facebook blamed the county, saying they were trying to ruin dinner plans.

And employees were just as upset.

“I work at the Glen Burnie location. Trust me, it’s just as disappointing to the employees as it is to our customers,” Amanda Przybyl wrote.

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Bruce from Pasadena September 07, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Anne Arundel County permits should be ashamed that they are so insensitive about needs of businesses and citizens they serve. The performance track record in this area is repulsive.
Marcy September 07, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Yeah, But the place is REALLY busy, I walked up and there . I'll try again later. Because everybody goes to Gino's.
Tammy September 08, 2012 at 10:24 PM
This is one time I think the county may have been doing customers a favor. We went to Gino's today for lunch. It was by far the worst experience I have had before. My husband and I knew it would be busy, and anticipated a bit of a wait. We went inside, placed our order for 2 Gino Giants and were able to sit right down. It was crowded at drive through but inside was not bad. However, we then waited for 41 minutes and still no food. After asking at the counter the head cook yelled out "I'm working on your order now". A few minutes later we got our food and it was horrendous. The 2 burgers on each of our sandwiches were smaller than what you would get on a slider sized burger and were burnt to a crisp! There wasn't, much else on the buns either. We have frequently gone all the way to the Gino's in Towson and have always been happy with the food and the service. I don't know if this just the business needing to work out it's kinks or just not prepared but I'm not sure we will go back anytime soon.
Albert September 14, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Very pleased with the food and service! Thanks Gino for a lifetime of memories!
mary wagner September 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Wow! Love it! Brings back memories when I went to the first Gino's there!! Everyone is trying to go bacl to the 50's with music and the ole cars!! So glad I was a part of that history!! Good Luck to the new Gino's A prayer for Mr. Gino!!! Mary Wagner

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