Gene's Chinese Flatbread Needs to Move: Where Can It Go?

Gene's Flatbread Cafe
Gene's Flatbread Cafe
A proposed affordable housing project on Mill Road is going before the Zoning Board on Thursday, but another affordable housing project coming this summer is going to impact one of Chelmsford's hidden culinary gems. 

Located on Littleton Road, Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe and several other nearby buildings will be razed this summer for an affordable housing complex. 

Honored as one of the best Asian restaurants in Massachusetts, Gene's expanded to Boston last year, but its future here in Chelmsford remains in doubt. 

We'll let you know if we hear any news, and you hear any news, share it here! But in the meantime, where do you think Gene's should move to here in the Chelmsford area? Is there a place for it in around here? Or, are you happy to see it go?

More information on Gene's is available on their website: let us know your thoughts in the comments. 
Steve January 13, 2014 at 09:38 AM
I made an account here just so I could leave a comment. Gene's is awesome and it's sad to see them possibly moving (hopefully not forced). The food there is not only great, but unique. Gene and his wife are always extremely welcoming and fun to talk to. I understand they also have a Boston location but I really hope (and think it's in Chelmsford's best interest) for them to stick around.
PLandry January 13, 2014 at 09:56 AM
NNNNOOOOOO! Please don't leave! Your food is the best in our area.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM
I know I'm supposed to be objective, but I want to throw my two cents in here and agree with both of you in that I love the food at this place. If anyone disagrees with me, that's totally okay and appreciated - differing opinions are welcome here! However, I hope we can brainstorm here for Gene to figure out a new location in the area so we don't have to travel down to Boston for that great food.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM
I'll try to stop by and talk to him to see what his plans are as well in a follow up post.
Steve January 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Awesome Andrew! Definitely keep us up to speed!
Sunny January 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Did anybody read Sunday Boston Globe Boston North People & Places, Dining Out ? Eggroll Café "has banana rolls worth a trip to LOWELL in themselves. They are made with sautéed green plantains drizzled with honey and black sesame seeds for crunch." Yum! Cheeseburger, Indian food, Greek treat spanakopita all made in the shape of an eggrolls. There are soups, salads, bento box meals, etc. Great praise for a small restaurant, now, doesn't this seem familiar to small restaurant in Chelmsford, five years ago? Boston people were asking about Gene Flat Bread in Chelmsford and the residents didn't know about the gem. Now, it is popular for residents and others. Please keep here in Chelmsford.
Doogie Howser January 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM
A nice option to move to may be the space in Drum Hill between Orange Leaf and FedEx Office. He'd get tons of exposure there. I'm assuming the rent would be higher but more exposure may mean more clientele.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM
I've never tried the sushi at the Egg Roll Cafe, but the egg rolls there are good, although the portions are a little small. The bubble tea there is great too. It's a fun little place.
Sunny January 13, 2014 at 03:14 PM
I basically was trying to make the point; we need to keep our GEMS locally. Other small businesses can benefit from Foodies of Metro Boston. We need to find a place for Gene's Flat Bread in Chelmsford Center. No to North Chelmsford, fast food clientele. Summer Street? CBA: any suggestions? Master Plan?
Jeff Morales January 13, 2014 at 10:41 PM
I agree Sunny. Absolutely no to Drum Hill! I've done contract work in a few of those plaza units and the management and owners are not very pleasant to work with and that's being polite. The renovations and maintenance are cheaply done by unskilled and often unlicensed laborers. I see business after business fail miserably and the rent is over priced. I'd like to see something off of chelmsford Street or something close to the center. Good luck Gene's! My youngest daughter loves your rolls. I wish you the best wherever you find yourselves
Anna Bucciarelli January 14, 2014 at 07:15 AM
Can always dream of the old S&S plaza right in the heart of Chelmsford. Don't know how that would fly, tho, with a Japanese restaurant scheduled for occupancy. I would welcome Gene's with open arms!
Brenda January 14, 2014 at 08:17 AM
The planning board should require some retail space in their "affordable" housing RFP. If it is truly affordable there will be people there with limited transportation options as is the case with those now living at the trailer park. They will need retail alternatives other than that available at the New World Gas Station. This part of the town should not become a retail desert.
Sunny January 15, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Anyone "planning to" or live" on Littleton Rd. must travel far to get "good quality" food. The "Old" Market Basket is eventually closing to make room for Trader Joe's. Hannaford's in North Chelmsford and "new" Stop and Shop both are not the easiest to get by car or bus. I just stop into Subway / Honey Dew on Littleton Rd. and this is not a place to get food for a subsidized family. The 40B planners must take into consideration the neighborhood of the future buildings. Is a local school with a playground? Or are kids playing in the parking areas? Local grocery store or is it convenience shop with high prices of milk / bread and no healthy snacks? Local fire / police station nearby? Forgotten. Crime rate increase.


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