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Towson Gino’s prepares to open

Artie Donovan

Nearly two weeks shy of its grand opening on LaSalle Road in Towson, Gino’s Burgers & Chicken held a dress rehearsal Tuesday to the delight of dozens of former devotees of the legendary local chow.

Former Baltimore Colts great Artie Donovan held court at tables in the restaurant located near the intersection of LaSalle and Joppa roads.

Other happy guests sat before baskets of onion rings, fries, burgers and chicken. They were the invited guests of St. John Properties, manager of The Shops at Maryland Executive Park.

“Every day people come up and ask when we are going to open – some take their picture outside,” said Laura Miller, a co-owner of the Gino’s along with her husband, Jared, and partners Scott and Leslie Autry. “Today, we had to turn 50 people away who saw the crowd and thought we were having our grand opening.”

That is expected to take place on Aug. 19 or 20, Miller said.

Nearby, former Baltimore Colts cheerleaders Diane Wit and Holly Russell sat with Baltimore historian Gilbert Sandler, who left his offices downtown to venture to the suburbs for a burger and a side of nostalgia.

Menu items include: the Gino Giant with its classic “secret sauce,” Ameche’s Power House, a Chicken Club sandwich and fresh salads. On the side: French fries, cole slaw and peppery onion rings.

Gino’s first opened in 1966 and quickly gained a foothold among local carnivores and football fanatics. The restaurant was named after Colt standout and NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti, who played in arguably the greatest NFL game ever — the 1958 championship game, Colts vs. the New York Giants.


  1. The game is called “The Greatest Game Ever Played” and it was the Baltimore Colts v. the New York Giants. Shame on you for not getting your facts straight. The Baltimore Sun would not have made this error.

  2. Agree with you Roger, although I wouldn’t give the Baltimore Sun all the plaudits. Give it to those who were around at the time!

  3. I was disappointed when I went to Gino’s tonight. My friend and I went to Gino’s in Towson, he likes his fries cooked soft and he was told they can only be cooked one way. That was a disappointment and I did not order. He did however order the special burger and did not find it as enjoyable as Five Guys, it was not as juicy. We both say we might give it another shot but he was really turned off to know the fries can only be prepared one way. Don’t understand why the fries can’t just be pulled out a little earlier upon request.