Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Update: Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Chelmsford Is Closing; Will Open New Location in Woburn

[Ed note: This article was updated on April 27 to reflect confirmation that the restaurant will open a new location in Woburn.]

It looks like a highly-regarded Chinese dining spot north of Boston is closing, though it hopes to reopen in another location.

A poster on the Chowhound site mentions that Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Chelmsford is losing its home, saying that the town is taking over the land along Route 110 in order to build affordable housing (this has been confirmed in an earlier article from the Chelmsford Patch). The poster says that the restaurant will likely close sometime in May, and that the owner is looking for a new home for the eatery, possibly in Woburn--though he would like to remain in Chelmsford. The newer location of Gene's, which opened last summer in Boston's Financial District, remains open.

[April 27 update: The Boston Globe has confirmed that Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe will indeed be moving to Woburn, with the restaurant opening at 466 Main Street in mid-June. The article also says that a location of Gene's could be opening in another part of Chelmsford as well; as soon as we find out more about this, we will post another update here.]

[June 11 update: According to two posters on Chowhound, it appears that Gene's will close its Chelmsford shop this weekend, with one poster saying Saturday may be the last day while the other says it will be Sunday. It also looks like the new location in Woburn could be opening in approximately two weeks, though there is not a definite opening date as of yet.]

[July 11 update: A poster on the Chowhound thread above says that Gene's may be opening its new shop in Woburn tomorrow (Saturday, July 12).]

Our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured the original Chelmsford location of Gene's as a place to go for its hand-pulled noodles, lamb skewers, and more. The review can be found at this link:

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in Chelmsford is: Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, 257 Littleton Road (Route 110), Chelmsford, MA, 01824. Its website is at