By Ron Matz

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—He was one of the greatest players to ever wear a Baltimore Colts uniform and was part of two championship teams. Gino Marchetti returned to Baltimore this weekend. One of his legendary restaurants has opened in Towson.

As Ron Matz reports, hundreds of people turned out to meet and greet number 89, once the most feared defensive end in the National Football League.

Marchetti will be 86 in January. He was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans at his Towson restaurant, where he signed just about anything that came his way.

“It feels good,” said Marchetti, Baltimore Colts legend. “I think the best thing about it is I get to see old photos like this. It brings back a lot of memories. It’s like a reunion.”

Those memories are vivid for Lynda and Thomas Davenport, who joined another big crowd at Gino’s on Monday.

“I love Gino’s,” said Lynda Davenport, of Catonsville. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl on Harford Road. Every Sunday after church this would be a dinner spot for us. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Gino’s Giant. That was the best.”

“The Gino’s I used to go to was the one on Cold Spring Lane,” said Thomas Davenport. “What I remember most about Gino’s was the Gino Giant, and I’m hoping today the Giant here tastes like the one that was on Cold Spring Lane. That was in the 70s.”

Colts legends Artie Donovan and Jim Mutscheller joined Marchetti for the big day–a trip back in time that has produced a fast food frenzy.

“I still remember the great Gino Giant and fried chicken,” said Harry Moore, of Mt. Washington.  “I’d like it fried it again today, now that it’s finally back in town.”

Gino’s plans to open 25 more restaurants next year in Pennsylvania and Maryland, including one in Perry Hall where the memories will keep on coming.

“I’m glad they came back,” said Thomas Davenport. “I’m hoping they’ll open one in Westview or Catonsville or in the city because I think that would be a good thing.”

The first Gino’s opened in Baltimore in 1957.

“The memories are really good. My father is no longer living, so I can just think about that and how good it was back then and the fun we used to have growing up and going to Gino’s,” Linda Davenport said.

Gino Marchetti was part of the Baltimore Colts championship teams in 1958 and 1959 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Comments (3)
  1. Larry says:

    I worked at the original Gino’s across from the Civic Center downtown Baltimore. It would have been real nice if Mr Gino Marchetti had looked through the old work records and contacted some of the original employees for the grand opening. I got out of school, got on a bus and rode downtown to work. I worked till past midnight closing up and then on the bus back home, sleep for a few hours and do it all over again. We worked full time on the weekends. That kind of work ethic is missing from today’s children. Its great to see Gino’s back again.

  2. Ron Beach Sr. says:

    Gino you should be ashamed of your self to allow someone to harm your name as such is the case here. Years ago your prices were reasonable and a few cents cheaper then Mc Donalds and now its $6.29 for a Gino Giant. Want fries and a drink? Tack on $3.00 more! Customer service was better also back then. I have yet to hear about the complaints our crew called, written and commented on the internet. Call that good customer relations….. GINO YOU SUCK FOR DESTROYING YOUR NAME AS YOU HAVE ALLOWED THIS MORAN OWNER TO DO. WILL NOT BER GOING BACK! STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED A CALL BACK FROM THE MANAGER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Happy Customer says:

    I never had Gino’s back in the day but our family loves it. It’s not your typical fast food. I like that it’s made to order so my son and daughter can get their burgers exactly the way they like them. I also like that it’s premium ground beef and real chicken. One of the owners was walking around the other night and I found out that they even make their own patties! I will totally pay more $$ for better quality food. I love Gino’s!!!

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