Gilligan's first opened in April 1990, and has over time developed into one on the most talked about gourmet hamburger franchises in the Windsor and Essex County. Michael and Layla Di Meo opened their sixty seat, unassuming hamburger restaurant in the cozy shopping district known as Ottawa Street. From the beginning, with so many hamburger fans, Michael and Layla discovered that this was no ordinary burger restaurant. Due to a great response in the community and to accommodate the increase in demand, Gilligan's relocated to Walker Rd and Ottawa St. from its initial location, and in the process doubled its capacity. A second Gilligan's store was opened in 1998 in Tecumseh, Ontario and operated as the first franchise. In 2000 a third franchise was opened in Leamington, Ontario.