Gino's Closes Due to 'Conflicting Interest'

The Bensalem location of Gino's Burgers and Chicken closed for business.

Bensalem lost another restaurant with the closure of Gino's Burgers and Chicken.

Though there is no way of knowing that the restaurant is closed from the sign at the building's entrance that is still advertising a new menu and cheaper prices, one can take the vacant parking lot as a sign. If you get close enough to peer inside a window, you can see that the building, including pictures on the walls, have been cleared out.

Calls to Gino's corporate office in King of Prussia were not returned as of publication time, but a message on the restaurant's Facebook page confirmed that it is indeed closed for business.

"Yes, Bensalem is closed due to conflicting interest," the company wrote on its Facebook page. "It was a difficult company decision. We are focusing on our 6 current locations and look forward to other future openings."

The only actual notice at the restaurant is a handwritten sign stating Gino's is, "Closed due to the weather."

Though it hasn't been confirmed what day the restaurant shut down, Evelyn Ryan Whitehouse said on Bensalem Patch's Facebook that she was there on Saturday, Jan. 26 and they were still open for business. Patch received a news tip on Monday evening that the business was empty.

Residents weren't too shocked by its closure, according to more than 20 comments posted on Bensalem Patch's Facebook page.

"Not surprising, prices are too high! I don't care how fresh it is, I want to eat cheap!!" Mike Ford said.

Another resident, who said she was an employee, added that she thought the restaurant closed because it wasn't doing well financially, and agreed that the prices were high.

Others stated they thought the "food sucked" or that the location wasn't the best. Some said that the burgers weren't the greatest but, Amanda Mc said, "I LOVED their chicken!!"

Gino's first opened in Bensalem in 2011 after being absent for nearly 30 years. This location also featured the first drive-through window for the company. 

President and CEO Tom Romano told Patch back in September 2011 that the restaurant was "an ideal demographic profile" for the company because of its proximity to Parx Casino, and because the stretch of Street Road "has a traffic count by the location which we consider a regional draw which is more than double our standard." 

Gino's Burgers and Chicken still has several other locations. To learn more about the franchise, visit its website.

The closure of Gino's comes just weeks after another franchise closed its doors in Bensalem.

Will you miss Gino's Burgers and Chicken? Tell us why in the comments.

Wendy January 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM
It wasn't the old Gino's and they couldn't compete with the cheaper Burger King nearby and Five Guys in Feasterville who have better food.
Dave Fiedler January 30, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Initially their prices were high for what it still a "fast food" restaurant. Later they lowered some prices and also introduced reasonable specials. They also signed up for the County's Veteran Program. At that point though it may have been a case of too little, too late. They had already turned off a large segment of potential repeat customers with their initial high prices. It's unfortunate because they did serve a good product. Five Guys (in several locations around the County) does pretty well with high prices and no discounts. Their product is okay but not worth the money. Nevertheless, people flock back in there. In Gino's case they also suffered from perceptions built during the 15 cent hamburger era of 40 years ago, and trying to go upscale with that legacy was a challenge. Customers that visited initially the newly-opened restaurant and were scared off by high prices are folks that were expecting the Gino's of old with cheap pricing. Anyway, I'm sorry it closed. I enjoyed going there especially once they began discounting to veterans. If you got a special and then used your discount you could enjoy good food at a reasonable price. The only other one in PA is in King of Prussia. All others are in MD.
Karen Turner January 30, 2013 at 03:30 PM
This makes me sick! I remember going to Gino's when I was little. I moved to Texas in 1977 but still remember how good their chicken was! Another landmark from my childhood gone, so sad.
joe spano January 30, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I will miss Gino's in Bensalem, yes the prices were higher than the typical Burger joint BUT the Burgers and Chicken were far above the usual ,THEY WERE GREAT AND THEY SERVED BEER . I think it was a result of poor advertising and the public not knowing what they offered.
Kevin Brutschea January 30, 2013 at 07:30 PM
The chicken that the original Gino's served was the original KFC. When the original franchise drove themselves into the ground trying to compete with McDonalds (this was before Burger King wne national) Colonel Sanders bought the KFC license back for them and resurrected his product. This new Gino's is just a company who bought the name hoping to win back us baby-boomers. The Gino's on Street Road was originally a Pizz Hut sit down restaurant. I would've liked to see that gain, but PH loves that little take-out joint near Bella's.
Kevin Brutschea January 30, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I agree with you Joe. As a whole Gino's did a poor amount of advertizing overall.
Jesseka Kadylak (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Thanks for all of your comments! What would guys like to see in its place?
Andrew Funk January 30, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Red Robin is my local burger choice. They are above Gino's and Five guys in my opinion.
joe January 30, 2013 at 09:51 PM
How about a strip joint with food and beer? It would be perfect for Bensalem. !!
sue domin January 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Starbucks would be nice, but not the right area for that.
Vic Monaco January 31, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Hey folks: What do you think "conflicting interest" means?
mike patch January 31, 2013 at 01:18 PM
I go for a strip joint that offers legs and eggs in the am Nothing like a good breakfast and a lapdance after u get off of 3rd shift
Sharon January 31, 2013 at 06:21 PM
@Kevin, They are actually building a dine in Pizza Hut in Feasterville next to the bowling alley on street road.
James Key February 02, 2013 at 12:11 PM
@Joe & Mike: You guys are funny. The old ladies of Eddington won't stand for a place like that. Gino's was good, but too expensive. This area needs a Trader Joes. Maybe not right there, but maybe across the street next to Kmart.
P2YA February 02, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I don't care how many casinos you build, don't look for certain businesses to open in Bensalem or Bristol. This is the "lower end," and businesses like Trader Joe's, Wegman's, Whole Foods, etc. view it as an extension of NE Philly and will not locate here. Demographics and market research don't support the income levels they require. We get the value and discount joints (Bottom Dollar, Aldi, etc.). The only reason Starbucks is even in town is because of it being at a crossroads of major highways and particularly the westbound Turnpike slip ramp. Believe me, they didn't build it to serve Bensalem. Gino's is doing quite well in King of Prussia. Their prices were a little too high initially for this area, but once they got the gist of things and offered coupons and daily deals they were at least competitive. Gino's was not a dollar menu kind of place, and as such couldn't attract enough of a customer base here to continue operation.
P2YA February 02, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Don't think it has a hidden meaning. Probably a malapropism. It closed due to lack of adequate business. There was a franchisee involved, and they were probably losing their shirt.
Radical Ed February 04, 2013 at 09:14 PM
It's right next to I-95! Since they got rid of the local Taco Bell and the local KFC years ago, they should open up a combo like the one in Feasterville. I've worked at the giant industrial park at the on/off ramp for years and a good 80% of my co-workers flock to BK, McD's, Jack's Deli, Wawa and Sonic. I loved Gino's but the turn-around time (before they shrunk the food) was 20 minutes or more, so none of the workers went there (most industrial employees only get a half-hour lunch).
adam February 22, 2013 at 04:35 AM
How about a nice Flatbread sandwich and pizza place or Cici pizza buffet all you can eat for 5.99? Any comments- will a concept like this work in this town
concerned citizen April 22, 2013 at 09:56 PM
if there is a buffet already nearby then why would cicis open up in ginos place. thats a bad spot for any buisness so just rip it down and put a park there,


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