Gene's Fish Fry opened its door on June 5th, 1961 at 8:00 a.m. Eugene Halsey (Gene) purchased the then Harry and Rita's to start his own business. The business started as Gene and Val's, then went to the name Gene's in 1963. For Forty years the menu has gone through little variation or expansion. Thick Shakes were added in 1967, onion rings and chicken sandwiches in the mid 80's, and chicken fingers in 2000. Our goal has always been to maintain and provide the highest quality and consistency of the items we sell. We still continue to make our own coleslaw and macaroni salad, as well as making our own sauces. And believe it or not the recipe's and ingredients remain the same as in 1961.
When we opened the price of a fish fry was $0.25. The wholesale price of fish (direct from Boston) was $0.15 a pound. As with anything, prices change, and currently fish fry's are $3.10 and with the average price per pound at $3.60.
What you see now is not the original building. Today's building was built in 1972 and shared parking space with the Mobil Station next store. (The original building was only about one half the size of the current one.) In the early 90's the opportunity arose to renovate our parking area and make it more accessible for entering and exiting. This project was delayed and the season didn't begin till the end of June, the latest in the summer we have ever opened. Although our building looks like it hasn't changed much in 30 years, it has had some esthetic improvements. From changing the trim color from red to green, and adding a beautiful undersea mural to the patio wall.
Some of the faces may have changed on the inside, but we are still family owned and operated, and proud to celebrate our 41th anniversary in 2002. Hope to see you there.