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Dec 30, 2009 03:53 PM

Gino's Hamburgers to make a comeback

According to the attached link, Gino's Hamburgers will be making a comeback in 2010.

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    1. That follows on reports of the first Farell's opening up in Orange County, CA in Nov.

      What's next, Lums? Hot Shoppes? Howard Johnsons?

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      1. re: Chippewa29

        Marriot bought Gino's in 1982 and turned them into Roy Rogers which all but died off. Shortly thereafter, their Hot Shoppes brand died off as well. Ironic since the Marriot empire began with the first Hot Shoppes on Columbia Road.

        At least there's still Ollie's Trolley.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          If you're up around Fredrick MD, they still have Roy Rogers shops. Or at least last time I was up that way, 5 years ago, they did. Double R Burger please.

          1. re: RobertM

            There's a Roy's in Westminster and a couple in the Frederick & Hagerstown areas.

            1. re: Chippewa29

              There's a Roy Rogers in Gaithersburg across from Lakeforest Mall. Never eaten there though; it always seemed like just another fast food joint to me.

            2. re: RobertM

              I'm near Mount Vernon. There's a Roy's in Belle Haven and another off Route 1 near Belvoir. The breakfasts at the former are a nightmarish cross between prison food and a hospital cafeteria for those who've recently suffered strokes. The "scrambled eggs" were the consistency of weatherstripping but not nearly as flavorful. And the much touted fried chicken is obscenely salty. Still, I love that burger fixins bar. And the roast beef is actually pretty good.

              1. re: RobertM

                The Roy Rogers restaurants are now franchised. The Frederick one is still around. The same franchisee also has stores in Leesburg and Springfield. Yum!

              2. re: monkeyrotica

                Aren't there still some Roy Rogers in some of the 295/NJ Turnpike rest stops? They were never as good or fresh as the real restaurants, but decent enough for a Roy's craving while on the road.

                1. re: 4X4

                  Those have different suppliers and different recipes than the original (or current) Roy's, so there's almost nothing in common.

                  The only way to get the original Roy's menu is to go to one of the locations controlled by the Plamondon family as referenced above. Mostly Frederick and Montgomery counties in Maryland.

              1. Wonder if sesame-seed-studded buns as good as in the old days are in use at burger places or if it's just a memory effect...only place with a burger approaching that of Gino's I know of is Charcoal Pit in Wilmington on I think Rt. 202. Any other fast food burgers of quality in the region (not Ray's) to consider?

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                1. re: chowsearch

                  The half pound burger at the Charcoal Pit is a phenominal hamburger. This place is a legend dating to the '50's!!! They also have, yes, an AUTHENTIC HOT SHOPPES HOT FUDGE ICE CREAM CAKE which is an exact clone of the original!

                2. Dare I hope they are as good as I remember? ... from 1973 or so.