Survey Day: Thursday 8/16/18

16 August, 2018: If you received a survey card in line today, please click on this post to get to the survey link. A huge thanks for helping us improve!! Don’t forget to save the end-of-survey page to redeem for your thank-you treat from us. Click here for the Customer Survey August 2018 Read More

Yeah Vi — me too

13 August, 2018: Since day 1 of restaurant #1 everything we hand our customers has been compostable. And I think I’ve told myself as I watched videos of sea turtles that our straws aren’t as bad because they are compostable. But I know that even the compostable straws (1) aren’t really needed, and (2) can get places we don’t want… Read More

Android users: Clover loves you too!!!

31 July, 2018: We love you too, Android users! We’ve been taking some flak from Android users for the lack of an Android app. I thought it might be helpful to share our thinking on this. First, we love you, Android users! I sense a feeling from those writing to us that they feel left out or overlooked or excluded.… Read More

From the archives

Sufjan Christmas, laughing, and crying

1 April, 2016: I’m at HSQ. It’s my last day working here in the office I helped build (I put the floor in and did the walls) back in 2010. Back then we asked the question: can we run a Clover restaurant? HSQ was more than a prototype, it’s was a flexible space in which to build and test prototypes. This is… Read More

Quietly testing: Pesto Kale Egg Bowl at CloverDTX

30 July, 2018: CloverDTX customers might have noticed. We’ve been quietly testing a new item for breakfast. This bowl is the latest iteration of a set of ideas I’ve been playin with for a few years. I’d like to get a savory breakfast bowl on our menu. I want it to be stunning. We’re currently getting up to 24% return… Read More

Thanks for eating the green cabbage!!

27 July, 2018: Chickpea Fritter aficionados have noticed. The purple in the sandwich has been green these past few weeks. We normally use pickled red cabbage. I’m not even sure why honestly. It’s one of those things we’ve done since the beginning. I’d guess I liked the color it added. The other week Ari and Moira who run Lindentree Farm… Read More

Martina tells me: Cu Si Vardau Si Sarvau

19 July, 2018: I was talking to Martina about the Panelle. Martina leads our food development and she’s from Rome. I heard that she had strong feelings about this. What an awesome thing about food that it inspires such passion in us all. Martina pointed to the T-shirt she was wearing which she said is a Sicilian proverb that means… Read More

Survey Day: Thursday 7/19/18

19 July, 2018: If you received a survey card in line today, please click on this post to get to the survey link. A huge thanks for helping us improve!! Don’t forget to save the end-of-survey page to redeem for your thank-you treat from us. Click here for the Customer Survey July 2018 Read More

From the archives

Puddle of sunlight

2 August, 2008: (painting is by Vilhelm Hammershoi, a danish painter from the early 1900s) So this is where the visual identity for Clover begins: a puddle of sunlight. A place you want to move towards/ sit under. When people think of it they want to take a deep breath through their nose, the creases around their eyes relax a… Read More

Clover in the suburbs?

18 July, 2018: We’re thinking about where to open future restaurants. I was touring our suburban stores yesterday (CloverBUR in Burlington MA, CloverWST at Whole Foods in Westford, and CloverSUD at Whole Foods in Sudbury MA). I was super impressed with the Clover teams at Whole Foods. I don’t get out to those outposts very often. And they were such… Read More

I’ve been keeping this secret for years…

17 July, 2018: Customer picture from CloverHUB Panelle in Sicily is terrible. There, I said it. The Panelle is one of our most successful sandwiches of all time. It’s like nothing you’ve had. Custardy, almost egg-like though it’s vegan. The fennel is amazing. It’s satisfying, yet summery and fresh and delicious. It’s incredible and I wish I could make it… Read More

Little Wolf’s Chris Gatti’s grinder recommendation

12 July, 2018: My home coffee grinder broke. It’s been a bummer. I tried to fix it myself and it’s really gone. I reached out to Chris Gatti, roaster at Little Wolf Coffee and asked his recommendation. He geeks out pretty hard on coffee equipment. He told me to go out and get a Baratza Vario. He suggests getting the… Read More

DOL to Clover: The General Manager of a Food Truck? Not a salaried role

12 July, 2018: So what’s up with this DOL press release about Clover? The quick answer is that the DOL decided after a multi-year investigation that our food truck General Managers should be paid as hourly employees and cannot be considered salaried employees. I don’t know whether they are applying this to all food truck companies in Boston or just… Read More

From the archives

Always ugly

25 February, 2014: It’s no secret we don’t do much sweet at Clover. Why? It’s pretty personal. I’m not in this business to douse you with baked goods. There aren’t many people who benefit from that afternoon cookie, or the dessert at lunch. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like sweets. We just don’t want them to become a daily… Read More

Why the rhubarb was late this year

26 June, 2018: (If not for the Impossible shirt I could claim this was me. My son Blue and I made a rhubarb pie last weekend. First time he has made pie. I looked EXACTLY like this when I was his age.) My love of rhubarb is no secret. If you’ve been eating at Clover for a while you might have… Read More