America’s chain restaurant industry has been through several ups and downs. Some restaurants, like McDonald’s for instance, have been in the game for a while. McDonald’s hasn’t slowed down since it first opened its doors in 1955. Other restaurants haven’t been as lucky (or as business savvy).
Still, even though those chain restaurants of yesteryear couldn’t cut it in corporate America, we can’t help but crave the food those places used to serve. Keep reading to be reminded of what once was: the good, the bad, and the absolutely delicious.
Gino’s Hamburgers Only Exists In Maryland
The fast-food chain Gino’s Hamburgers opened its doors in 1957. Gino Marchetti and Alan Ameche of the Baltimore Colts opened the first location with their close friend Louis Fischer.
Gino’s Hamburgers saw success over the next decade and decided to expand in the early ’70s. The company attempted to take the expansion to the Midwest, but these locations only operated for a short time. After a few less-than-successful years, Gino’s Hamburgers was acquired by Marriott Corporation in 1982. Marriott decided to discontinue the brand, and soon enough, Gino’s Hamburgers became Roy Rogers. The last location closed in 1986, however, in 2010, the chain was revived as Gino’s Burgers and Chicken. Today there are two locations of the revived chain open, but you’ll have to trek to Maryland to get your fix.