Chris coming out with the hits – Mushroom Parm launching today

13 February, 2020: If you’ve been to Food Dev, chances are you’ve seen Chris Strange (last name used to distinguish him from Chris Anderson) sharing a food memory that he’s turned into a Clover sandwich idea. Most ideas we taste at Food Dev do not make it out of the Dev process, but Chris has been on fire lately! First… Read More

Coffee and Donuts w/Derek of Speedwell: 2/21, 8-10am

10 February, 2020: Derek Anderson is responsible for roasting that beautiful Anaerobic Honey coffee from Ethiopia that a bunch of you have been sipping this past week. Derek himself is going to be in the house at CloverBBY, our newest location, on Friday, 2/21 from 8am-10am to pour some coffee, meet all of you and answer all your burning coffee… Read More

2200 lbs organic red cabbage for the chickpea fritter

7 February, 2020: Chris just sent us this picture with the text: “2200lbs organic red cabbage from red fire. Looks beautiful” Couldn’t agree more, Chris. We’ll be shredding, quick-pickling, and serving these up in our Chickpea Fritter. You might notice that the local stuff makes for an even more bright, vibrant sandwich. Thanks to the folks at Red Fire out… Read More

From the archives

Coolidge Corner

16 February, 2009: What do you all think of Coolidge corner? This is one of the areas we’ve been eyeing to open our first fixed location Clover restaurant. With all that is going on good spaces are starting to open. Prices haven’t dropped yet, but at least the spots are starting to come available. The other week Z-Square in Harvard… Read More

Loud Boylston

7 February, 2020: Our block on Boylston just got SO LOUD! There’s a Chik-fil-a opening up next door to CloverBBY in the old Boloco spot, and the construction noise is killing me! This was Stacia the other day, trying to chat with customers but literally only being able to smile over the sound of the drilling. Read More

Bridgewater Nation is growing

7 February, 2020: Ayr got us a new camera, and I’ve been playing around with close-up photos. I’m pretty proud of this one of the Bridgewater. You can almost taste those crispy mushrooms! Our beloved Bridgewater leaves Tuesday the 11th to make space for a BRAND NEW MUSHROOM SANDWICH, the Mushroom Parm! If you’re on the app you may have… Read More

Zero Waste Rebranding

3 February, 2020: We’re in the process of refreshing the branding at Clover. But you may not have noticed. And that’s by design. I’m trying to do this logo refresh in a zero-waste approach. Typically when companies decide to change their branding they tear up signs, throw away packaging, throw away menus, etc. It’s really wasteful. I got to thinking:… Read More

Grisette kegs are in

31 January, 2020: Farmers want to grow grain because it helps their soil. For soil, grain is like…a trip to the spa? A planting of grain (barley, wheat, or whatever) heals soil, prevents erosion, captures nutrients. It gets soil hyped to grow the next crop, and makes THAT crop better. What does that have to do with the beer you’re… Read More

From the archives

Reinforcements arrive (John Hong)

11 October, 2008: John came by this weekend to help with the truck. Above and beyond to have his help like this, and well appreciated as I’m coming out of my 5th 18 hour day in a row. Here John is cutting a template we were thinking we would use to bend the bar that supports the bottom of the… Read More

Gonzo oopsies

31 January, 2020: Whoa, the Gonzo Gyro test at BBY was super successful. Olivia made this chart yesterday showing Gonzo crushing Bridgewater and giving Chickpea a run for its money. You guys even cleaned us out of our supply of David’s Greek inspired seitan! Problem is: we made another batch and we forgot to put salt in it. And the… Read More

Is Boston ready for a gyro?

29 January, 2020: David (training manager) grew up on Long Island. If you’ve spent much time in NY, you know you can’t walk a block without seeing a gyro, rotating peacefully in a stainless steel cabinet. Can you say it: “yee-ro?” Gyros are made of pork, beef, or lamb, stacked horizontally onto a rotisserie, studded with garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano.… Read More

I want Massachusetts to grow grain part 2

29 January, 2020: We’ve been privy to (and participated in) a resurgence in local grain over the past decade. More and more farmers are growing grain again in New England. Bakers want to bake with it, brewers want to make beer with it. But we’ve struggled with how to talk to customers and other chefs about why they should care… Read More

The licking spice

27 January, 2020: The Pushpir sandwich is leaving us soon (next Tuesday) to make way for the Venezuelan Plantain. Which means our boxes of magical, smelly chaat masala will have to be sent back to the HUB, and that is sad. Pushpir told us about chaat masala back in 2013 when he guided us through the world of North Indian… Read More

From the archives

Environmental influences

5 August, 2008: Moving away from graphic references to designing the space, here are some thoughts I’ve had about the feelings I’m looking to evoke. I’m really excited about the truck design, because I think a ton of this will come through thanks to John and Jinhee and everyone else helping make it happen. You should expect to see more… Read More

So good someone drew a perfect Mr. Mushroom

24 January, 2020: A few years back, Enzo brought us a sandwich called the Sunday Mushroom, based on the Sunday red sauce his Italian-American family would make. Super delicious but never reached the status of a JSP or a Brussels. Then the other week, Chris Strange came to Food Dev with another take. Chris was inspired by toasted ravioli he… Read More