South Loop Gino's East grand opening next week

07/05/2012 2:04 PM

By Ben Meyerson

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The former Printers Row Edwardo’s, at 521 S. Dearborn St., has reopened as a new restaurant concept from Gino’s East: A sports bar.

Gino’s is holding a grand opening next Wednesday, July 11, offering a free slice of pizza to guests from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The restaurant doesn’t feature the trademark graffiti that’s at other Gino’s locations, but being a sports bar, it features plenty of TVs.

One of the restaurant’s new policies is drawing controversy online, however. The new restaurant won’t allow kids under the age of 18 into the restaurant after 7:30 p.m. South Loop blog Sloopin addressed the issue, sharing a letter from a parent upset that she hadn’t been allowed to take her child into the restaurant.

A Gino’s East spokeswoman did not return a call requesting comment.

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By Now I Understand from South Loop
Posted: 07/13/2012 11:48 AM

You are so right, Michael. Bland and overpriced. Now I truly understand why Lou Malnati's is so popular. I remember when Gino's East was great. Someone at Gino's forgot to purchase herbs and/or spices, and anything else that might put some taste into this pizza. And...$22.00 for a small, one-ingredient pizza delivered. My first and last foray into the Gino's East experience. Blah!

By Michael from South Loop
Posted: 07/11/2012 7:51 PM

Went there today and got my free pizza. Good thing that it was free. Oh and last Saturday I was out for a walk @8:30 and passed Malnati's (packed with about 20 people waiting outside), Jimmy Green's (standing room only) and Gino's. Which was about 2/3 empty. One old guy sitting at the bar. So if you want to eat overpriced, bland pizza with the over-40 crowd, and NO pesky 17-year-olds around, then Gino's is the place for you!

By Jay from South Loop Visitor
Posted: 07/10/2012 4:06 PM

Well, while i understand and appreciate the "family friendly" atmosphere of the South Loop area; does every location have to be so in the evening? This is a NEW CONCEPT for Gino's designed specifically for the older, drinking clientele. The food is great but its an addition to the sports bar concept. Was recently visiting for a week and loved the concept, location, food and folks. Way to go for the new concept for more discerning adults at ONE of your many area locations.