Wall drawing robot

19 November, 2019: Our contractor Justin signed up for this wall drawing robot on kickstarter. It’s called Scribit. He was thinking we might have fun with it in new restaurants. I spent too much time the other day getting it working. The robot is pretty much undocumented and it’s operation has a bunch of buggy things. BUT… it is capable… Read More

I love you.

19 November, 2019: We don’t have a restaurant in NYC, this is our Boylston St. restaurant. But if you squint… and use your imagination… Lucia received this email the other day and I thought I’d share it. Startlingly simple. What a nice thing to receive. Thanks Carl! And NYC? Yes. Our next restaurants are in Boston but someday we’d love… Read More

Come and get a free King Brussels Sticker!

18 November, 2019: Courtesy of King Brussels himself, and with a little help from Alana (sp?) at Brattle Square Optical. We ordered a couple thousand of these really pretty oversized laptop stickers from Sticker Mule, but they never showed up to the HUB. Chris and the team were tearing apart the HUB looking. Later we realized that they’d been sent… Read More

From the archives

Test menu

23 October, 2008: I’m playing with the idea of using a dry erase marker on the side of the truck to post the menu. I think I like it alot. We can keep it flexible, update it frequently. And it reminds me of late nights working out problem sets at school, or big ideas at work. Read More

When will Clover Boylston open?

17 November, 2019: I’ve been working harder than I have in years. And yet I feel like I’m failing daily. One of the things I’ve been terrible at is getting regular stories shared on the website. It’s been one of the perverse mechanics of building Clover. When the most exciting stuff is happening I spend the least amount of time… Read More

Survey Day: 11/14/19

14 November, 2019: 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!! Click here for the Customer Survey November 2019 Read More

Greens were not blockbuster

13 November, 2019: This is Caroline from Kitchen Garden Farm tapping her cabbage to see if it was ready to harvest for our greens salads. But wait: if you’ve been reading since the beginning you might have remembered us claiming with great gusto that we’d never have greens salads at Clover. So what’s up? We’ve been committed to salads sans… Read More

Paw paw custard

13 November, 2019: PSA – it is HERE (but probably not for long). Ayr made paw paw custard for the first time last year – it’s a perfect way to use up the last of our paw paws. An extremely limited quantity are hitting most stores today. Check the retail fridge – and hurry!! There are fewer than 70 TOTAL… Read More

From the archives

Refined beaker sketches

29 September, 2008: Josh has been hard at work. Find more examples after the break. I’m liking some of these. All are sketches, but I think the direction is interesting. That said, the flask isn’t everyone’s favorite (see last post). And I have ringing in the back of my head Erik’s encouragement to keep the logo as simple as possible. Read More

Free cranberry lemonade from King Brussels

11 November, 2019: King Brussels has been busy. Last week he changed all the music to Elvis. This week he’s decreeing that everyone at Clover who uses the Clover App gets a free cranberry lemonade, no purchase necessary! Cranberries from Carver, MA; a little bit of sugar; Clover-squeezed lemons. If you’re on the Clover App, you should see a note from… Read More

Let the bletting begin (year 3!)

8 November, 2019: Chris sent this picture to Ayr & me on Tuesday. Medlars are in the house!! This winter we’ll have medlar jam & the Medlar Sandwich for the 3rd year in a row! The medlars have already arrived because they need to “blet” before we can do anything with them. It’s a weird word I’d never heard of… Read More

Staining wood floors

7 November, 2019: Things are coming along at Boylston. Justin Kelly and his team have been working round the clock and it’s starting to look like a Clover in there, aside from the thin layer of construction dust that covers every surface. We’re hoping to announce an open date soon. CloverBBY will have a communal table just like all the… Read More

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Mushroom seems like a new sandwich but…

6 November, 2019: It’s actually a take on a sandwich we had on the menu back in 2010. Ayr’s dad used to make a mushroom pâté, baked in a fancy French pastry crust. We made our own version, and called it a mushroom loaf. Back when I ran Sunday prep, before we had our own commissary, I remember making duxelles and… Read More

From the archives

Coffee

11 November, 2008: We’ve started to consider coffee. We’re lucky here. We have some of the best coffee roasters in the country in our back yard. Barrington Coffee Roasters is set up in Lee, not far from where I grew up. And George Howell Roasters is right out near Acton. George Howell started the Coffee Connection (which Starbucks then bought).… Read More

Why is there Elvis playing in my restaurant?

6 November, 2019: Get it? King of Rock? King of Sandwiches? Enjoy some Elvis while you munch on your (King) Brussels Sprout Sandwich today at lunch. We’ve abandoned our admittedly repetitive playlists (sorry staff and customers that we made you listen to Mr. Postman a million times!) and are testing out a service called RX Music. They can make custom… Read More