Bring your own bottle!

17 June, 2018: With the release of the Clover app, we’ve been taking a hard look at our waste and the amount of to-go packaging we’re generating. It’s been a lot. And although our packaging is compostable, most folks are taking it to-go, and unless your office is awesome and offers composting, it’s likely that all that packaging will end… Read More

Sausage egg and cheese? overload

10 June, 2018: This past Wednesday I showed up at CloverHSQ at 7:10am and immediately knew something was wrong. We launched the Impossible Sausage Egg and Cheese sandwich at all Clover locations. You might remember this idea originally came from our contractor Justin Kelly. I told him at the time that it would be wicked expensive (given how much the… Read More

Sausage Egg and Cheese launching 6/6 at 7am

5 June, 2018: After several months of testing at CloverHFI, we think this one might be ready for primetime. We’re doing a limited release of the Sausage Egg and Cheese tomorrow morning. Folks from Impossible are here from CA and will be paying visits to some locations to meet you all. Stop by. Give them a Boston welcome. And tell us… Read More

From the archives

Mike saves the day

15 May, 2009: At 1pm our generator ran out of juice. we’d never had that happen before, guess we’re serving up too many sandwiches, or getting breakfast up too early, or both. With 15 customers in line we had to think fast. I thought Mike, one of our customers, might be able to run an extension cord from the shop… Read More

Chickens eat Clover

14 May, 2018: You all have your favorite Clover items, but did you know that chickens have their own favorites too? Michael, a customer at CloverHSC, noticed that we composted. He wrote to us asking if he could bring some vegetable scraps home to his ladies in Somerville. Lynn and the team filled up a 22-quart bucket of raw scraps.… Read More

Brix + firm ≠ delicious

4 May, 2018: The Maine Winter Tomato Sandwich is one of my favorite of the year. Not to be confused with the Heirloom Tomato Sandwich that we feature in September (also one of my favorites, do you sense a theme?). This sandwich features tomatoes from a greenhouse in Maine called Backyard Farms, we pair it with sustainably harvested Maine seaweed… Read More

Good luck Vincenzo

4 May, 2018: Clover is a better company today than it has ever been. We’re breaking records daily right now. Our food has never been better. We’ve never had access to the type of ingredients we’re using right now. Everyday there is something fantastic around the corner, a happy report in my inbox, a beautiful video about the Maine Tomato… Read More

Welcome Little Wolf to Clover!

2 May, 2018: Little Wolf is a roastery in Ipswich, MA. Megan first discovered Little Wolf, and since then we’ve had fun getting to know the owners, Chris and Melissa. They got started a few years ago, after falling in love with wine, and then coffee, while Melissa was working on the West Coast. We’re bringing on Little Wolf as… Read More

From the archives

Moffat oven

16 October, 2008: We’re thinking about adding a full convection oven to the truck. We’d use it for warming food, and perhaps for baking in the morning when we add breakfast to the menu. In NYC today we found a great option. The Moffat oven. Burns propane (hard to find and a must for us), is very energy efficient at… Read More

How $ connects us

30 April, 2018: We’ve been having conversations for the past month or so about prices at Clover. A group of HBS students did a school project and told us we’re low. Raising prices is something we have to do periodically to keep our business healthy. And we’re a bit overdue. Last price increases were February 2017. And while I know… Read More

Maine Tomato Sandwich launching 4/25

25 April, 2018: Tomatoes come into season once a year in August. When we first started Clover we weren’t even sure we’d have tomatoes on the menu at all outside of August. Then we heard about Backyard Farms. They use hydroponics to grow year-round in a giant greenhouse. A few days ago we got the chance to go up to… Read More

Thank you Brookline Village!

20 April, 2018: I snapped this picture 5 years ago on our opening day in Brookline Village. I remember feeling such love and excitement from the community there. People were coming up to us and just saying thank you. And while that feeling hasn’t subsided at all, today’s the last day of our restaurant in Brookline. Our lease came up… Read More

From the archives

Jerry rigged

30 June, 2009: Back in the fall, when the truck’s gas pedal first had a problem, I was shocked to find everything except chewing gum connecting the linkage. Check out this picture: zip ties, strung, key loop. I fixed the first failure back then, but never got around to cleaning up the rest. I’m not proud to say that I… Read More

How to photograph white on white

3 April, 2018: This may just look like Ayr photographing a paper bag, but it really represents a whole journey into menu photography. A couple months ago, when we were in the middling stages of readying our order-ahead app for public release, we knew we needed to do something drastic to upgrade the look of the whole app. Menu photos!!… Read More