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Apr 15, 2014 11:10 AM

Gene Chinese Flatbread in Chelmsford to close soon...

Want to let people know that the town of Chelmsford is seizing the land that Gene's resides on, and is turning the area into an affordable housing community.

Gene is slated to close sometime around May, but the exact date is still unclear.

He thinks they will relocate to Woburn, but he had little details to share on that venture. Ideally he would like to stay in Chelmsford, as he considers it his home and he has a big base of customers here already. However, there is little to nothing in the way of commercial space for him to move into.

For those interested in getting their fill before he moves, go sooner rather than later!

He still has the Boston location too, but I will be very sad the day he is forced to shut his doors here in Chelmsford.

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  1. Drat! I was afraid of that. Thanks for the update, Mike. I'll be sure to go there before April ends.

    Maybe some of Gene's Chelmsford customers will come up with some leads for alternate locations there, or closer than Woburn. AFAIK, he lives in Burlington so ideally a new location would not be farther north than Chelmsford, but Lowell might have some affordable space, though parking can be more of an issue there.

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    1. re: greygarious

      People have tried to help him, including ME! A call for help was also posted on the Chelmsford patch - that got nowhere.

      Great idea tho, if anyone knows of a place, let Gene or his wife know!

      At least Woburn is within striking distance. It will just make it that much more special!

    2. Sorry for Chelmsford and all who love him where he is located now, but would be thrilled if he does come to Woburn!

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      1. re: mcel215

        Another thing is that he draws groups of Worcester area college students who are Chinese nationals. Woburn would add an hour to their dinner trip, which might well mean losing that customer base. Woburn might prove a more lucrative location, but mensch that Gene is, I'll bet he'd be sorry to deprive them of a taste of home.

        1. re: mcel215

          Have to say my sentiments are similar. I'm sorry he's being forced to move, but yay Woburn! That's much more convenient for me.

        2. This is sad. I hope he finds something comparable. It was especially nice to have a bit of outside seating and be very close to Kimball's for post noodle ice creams.

          1. Can anyone comment as to quality differences between Chelmsford and Boston?

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            1. re: trufflehound

              I have experienced no quality difference in their handed pulled noodles or the lamb stew. Everytime I've been to the Boston location either Gene or his wife was behind the counter. The lamb skewers are also good in Boston, but not cooked on a charcoal grill, of course. I just wish they were open for dinner on the weekdays and open at all on the weekends in Boston!

              1. re: lipoff

                I have never been to the Chelmsford location, as I live in Boston, but can say the noodles (I like the #4) are outstanding at the Boston outpost

                1. re: lipoff

                  i was under the impression though (haven't been, but this may be of interest to you Truffle) that the chelmsford location has a much larger menu. Is that correct?

              2. I was at RituKiRasoi last night so I thought I'd ask Ritu if she knew of any possible upcoming restaurant closures in the area. She mentioned the Indian restaurant in Woburn center across from Hot Breads. I assume that's the one Gene is considering.

                BTW, RKR might be expanding. She mentioned that space adjacent to it may be available come December, and though she doesn't need that large an area on a daily basis, she would like to have more dining area for the special occasions when the place is jam-packed. So, maybe more room there for Diwalis to come.