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Does Perry Hall Need a Gino's?

The restaurant's new Towson location is scheduled to open on Aug. 18.

Hey Towson, stop hogging the Gino's.

According to an on Towson Patch published Tuesday, Perry Hall residents are feeling a little jealous of the new Gino's restaurant on East Joppa Road, scheduled to open Aug. 18.

The beloved fast food-joint started in Dundalk in 1957 and is named for Baltimore Colts legend Gino Marchetti. Its last Maryland location closed in Pasadena in 1991.

County Councilman David Marks, whose jurisdiction includes Towson and Perry Hall, said there's local demand for a Perry Hall Gino's.

As stated in the article:

County Councilman David Marks attended the small party on Tuesday and told Patch that the legendary Gino's Giant "tastes like a Big Mac, but creamier."

"It was great and the food was wonderful and I think it's going to be a big asset to the area," Marks said, adding that his Perry Hall constituents had been asking when a new restaurant might open there.

Would you like to see Gino's come to Perry Hall?

Tim August 10, 2011 at 03:04 PM
There's no shortage of good places for burgers around here. You need look no further then 5 guys and Z-Burger. Is there room for another? Probably - especially if its located closer to Bel Air Rd instead of closer to the others. It certainly wouldn't break my heart to see one of these come here - but I'm not sure it's actually "needed". We need one more then we need a stinking drug store, though. The core problem I see - why these places open in Towson and not Perry Hall - is because of the college population. You see the same phenomena in the city, although in this case it's because the 20-somethings all live down there in Canton-Fells-Fed Hill. The city of Baltimore has a Whole Foods, yet Perry Hall and Ellicott City can't get one. Same with Trader Joe's in Towson. On another topic - maybe you other folks can help me out here though. Here's one thing I perceive we need: Some good mid-level price choices for mexican food. Outside of Q'Doba, what is there? I'm not even sure where good Mexican resteraunts are. Don Pablo's is decent, but really nothing special and I'm blanking on anyplace else besides it.
Crazy Harry August 10, 2011 at 03:14 PM
For those of you who eat out once and a while, sure, let's open another burger joint. In fact, let's open ten more. But, for the franchisee to make enough money for him to stay open, much less make a profit, we need to thin the herd a little. I give them 2 years in Towson, 12 months if they open in White Marsh and less than 6 months if they open in Perry Hall.
Tim August 10, 2011 at 03:50 PM
I kinda think this one in Towson will manage. Mostly because people in our area who'd never bother going all the way to Dundalk would go to Eastern Towson. I know first hand with Red Robin a little further down. About once every 2 months I make the run out there for my wife and I. Can't wait until they open in White Marsh mall this winter! A1 Peppercorn Burger mmmmm
neal August 10, 2011 at 04:01 PM
5 guys is way over rated. I'd like to see on open on Belair near Forge. The only fast food close to us is a Wendy's. I'd like some variety without having to go to a sub shop.
neal August 10, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Maybe they can combine a Gino's with another bank, drug store and hair salon. Goodness knows Perry Hall doesn't have enough of those.
Mark Patro August 10, 2011 at 04:07 PM
I agree with Tim. We need a GOOD reasonably priced Mexican restaurant here in Perry Hall. Can we convince La Tolteca (from Bel Air) to open a restaurant here?
Helen Leichling-Catterton August 10, 2011 at 04:20 PM
I would love to see a Gino's placee in Queen Annes County (Stevensville/Chester). And, as a past employee, manage it, LOL. I absolutely loved their Hero sandwiches.
Tim August 10, 2011 at 04:27 PM
or someone to convince Nacho Mama's to expand out to suburbia. Yeah, I know. Not happening.
Mike Weese August 10, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Oh give it a break, they decide to open a Gino's on Joppa Road in Towson and everyone starts pissing and moaning that I want one in my area. If you want one you can drive 102 miles to King of Prussia and get one like I did or just stop complaining and drive to the Towson location which sure is a lot closer then KOP. Stop rushing things, the people opening these places only have so much money .. support the ones that are open so they can afford to build others.
David Marks August 10, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Restaurants help revitalize underused shopping centers. I've suggested to the management team for the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center that they pursue a Gino's restaurant or a place like Chipotle. There is a sea of unused parking, and a freestanding restaurant could be easily built. The bottom line is that if a successful restaurant brings activity to the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center, it's certainly worth it.
Tim August 10, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Rep Marks highlights part of the issue with my question: There really aren't that many mid to upper end restauraunt chains in the Mexican category. At the "step above from Taco Bell level" you have: QDoba, Chipotle, and Salsaritas. Maybe there are others I'm not thinking of offhand. I actually liked Salsarita's when they were in the Pulaski Highway Shopping complex but I think their 'marketing gurus' made some terrible decisions on restaurant locations as they didn't last a year there. Chipolte has a location in Towson and Bel Air so there's a place for it in the PH/WM area I would think. Rep Marks- Question: How much of a factor do you feel the college environment play in the decision making process of these companies?
David Marks August 10, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Tim - I guess it is a factor in that colleges and universities are more resistant to larger economic factors. In other words, Towson University has continued to grow over the past few years. The bigger issue is the lack of liquor licenses (under the current system, there are a set number based on population. LHA - I think that in eight months, for a supposedly part-time position, I've kept pretty busy. I don't have all the answers, but think the administration must do much more to encourage higher-end businesses along White Marsh Boulevard near Middle River, and not just office parks and pad sites.
June Schmidt August 11, 2011 at 02:03 AM
A buffet is needed out from Perry Hall into Bel Air. Cactus Willies or Golden Corral. A lot of older people and families loved the one in Bel Air but, the mall upped the lease amount and they closed. A buffet can give variety and affordable. Don't need any more fast foods, sub shops.. Buffet would bring people from the surrounding areas. :*)
Tim August 11, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Not a fan personally of them (eating at them, food is pretty low grade) but I can't lie - they do bring in business. A lot of fat people in the world, and buffets cater to them. My parents live in a suburb of Richmond VA and they have a Golden Corral that's always busy.
Patrick August 12, 2011 at 03:28 AM
I have a great idea let's build more retail buildings and more housing communities so that Joppa RD and Belair RD can get even more crowded .Oh and why were at it let's build a few more water towers .And then we can dig up the streets and put more steel plates down .And let's build another Walgreens at Belair rd and Joppa rd because the other two within 3 miles of each other are to far away .We need to stop building in this area it's getting way to crowded aready .
Renee Barnett Webster August 12, 2011 at 01:54 PM
We probably do not need another fast food place BUT Ginos was Perry Hall's first fast food when even McDonalds was not here. We had the fourth Ginos ever built I believe , located where Starbucks is today.
Selma Kahl August 18, 2011 at 04:15 PM
And only 15 cents as I recall. That did not last but that low amount I do remember.
Tim August 18, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Gino's is coming back. Just reported!
Emily Kimball (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 03:43 PM
UPDATE: Perry Hall Gino's to Replace Honeygo Wendy's (http://patch.com/A-p3P7): "The planned Perry Hall Gino's Burgers and Chicken will replace the former Wendy's on Honeygo Center Drive, according to co-franchisee Sophie Kennedy."
Vince Fiorenza March 15, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Yes, I remember the Gino's in Perry Hall across from the now defunct Town and Country Pontiac. After Gino's it was a Roy Rogers, Popeye's chicken and currently, Starbucks. Gino's is a restaurant Maryland can call its own. I am also biased, since my youngest son is named Gino.

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