They're firing up the grills at Gino's

Some people just can't wait for a 'Giant' bite

  • The outdoor seating area at Gino's Burgers & Chicken, which will officially open on Wednesday morning.
The outdoor seating area at Gino's Burgers & Chicken,… (Gabe Dinsmoor, Baltimore…)
August 15, 2011|By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun

Scheduled to open Wednesday morning, Gino's Burgers & Chicken held a combination sneak preview lunch and fundraising event on Monday for students, faculty and alumni of nearby Calvert Hall College High School.

The full parking lot, along with signs of life inside the new 3,500-square-foot Towson restaurant, attracted members of the general public who had not been invited to the preview. Most of them were turned away gently by a Calvert Hall representative, but a few of them made it through.

Karen Whipple and Sharon Evans got inside, only to wait more than an hour for their Gino Giant and Cobb Salad. Told by a reporter that they had managed to infiltrate a private event, Evans, who works for the Maryland Department of Corrections said, "nobody told us that."

One of the store's owners, Scott Autry, said the long waits for food were a result of letting too many people inside the store at the same time – 150 people were expected at the preview, but 400 showed up.

At Wednesday's grand opening, Autry said, police will help to manage the flow inside the restaurant, which has 99 seats. There will be shorter waits for food once its ordered, but there's no telling how long the lines outside the door will be.

When the first store in the revamped franchise opened last October in King of Prussia, Pa., customers waited outside for hours to be reunited with their beloved Gino Giants.

Will the new Gino's be worth the wait? Sharon Evans thought so.

"It's excellent," she said about the new Gino Giant, which is minus the old Gino Giant's center roll. "They gave us more meat this time, but the sauce is still the same."

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