WESTFORD — A new restaurant has opened its doors in Westford, serving a variety of breakfast and lunch options on Littleton Road.
Nearly a month after Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Café closed its doors on Aug. 14 at its 175 Littleton Rd. location, Classic Kitchen Café officially opened its doors on Sept. 17. The restaurant is owned by Merrimack Valley locals Samantha Connor and her husband, Gabriel Dantas.
“I’ve been baking since I was about 16 years old,” Connor told WestfordCAT. “We’ve been looking around for a couple of years and it all worked out.”
Both Dantas and Connor have worked at a number of local restaurants, including Nashoba Bakery in Concord and Di Napoli Pizzeria in Littleton. After searching for their own place for a number of years, Dantas and Connor settled on serving breakfast in their 175 Littleton Rd. unit.
“We found this location – we felt it would be good for the community to have more options for breakfast,” Dantas told WestfordCAT.
Serving a ‘high standard’ of quality while limiting food waste
The restaurant serves breakfast items such as omelets, pancakes, waffles and breakfast plates. Dantas and Connor also serve a variety of baked goods, sandwiches and salads which must meet a “high standard” of quality, according to Dantas and Connor.
“I have very high standards of quality,” said Connor. “I’m very picky, things are very expensive these days and people want to feel they are getting what they paid for.”
She continued, “It’s all from scratch. I don’t like to hold things over for the next day, it’s not fair to charge people the same price for something that’s not the same quality.”
Dantas and Connor are focusing on to-go meals, but have a number of tables for indoor dining. Eventually, Dantas and Connor hope to expand their menu offerings to include unique weekly specials.
“I don’t want to produce too much,” said Connor. “But I want to think out of the box and do play on things, like breakfast pigs in a blanket.”
She continued, “we want to be a bit clever, but keep things close to home.”
Dantas hopes the restaurant will like act like a café — with patrons using the space to socialize.
“I want people [to come],” Dantas said. “I want people to say ‘oh I have a meeting, let’s go to Classic Kitchen Café.'”
He continued, “[We want to] make people happy. I want people to sit down, enjoy, have meetings and conversations.”
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