George don’t hate me. I’m making an alt-milk bar

15 August, 2019: Yesterday I was sitting in Acton with George Howell at his roasting facility. I told him about my new idea: ALT-MILK BAR. Clover will get a bunch of milk-drinks: chai, hot chocolate, pourover lattes, shaken iced lattes. All estate coffee (of course). And all non-dairy milk (we’ve been making our own in-house and it’s killer but we… Read More

Corn is actually in season now

15 August, 2019: Ayr created a bit of a commotion when he posted about corn not being in season in June. Here is a friendly reminder that corn is now in season in MA, about 2 months later. We’re getting all our corn from Steve Verrill in Concord, MA (thanks to them for this pic). We love buying local corn… Read More

Chris Strange breaks the internet

14 August, 2019: You might not know this, but we have an Instagram with a hard-fought 12.7k followers. Not hundreds of thousands like our national competitors. We were kind of late to the game on Instagram. But we’ve also never bought followers. *cough, cough.* We try to tell stories, share mistakes. We post killer Food Dev stories Tuesdays at 3pm. But the… Read More

From the archives

Order system

5 November, 2008: We thought we’d try a new system to track orders. It didn’t really work. I had to reach across the workspace too often, and the buttons got confused. The idea was to move magnets across the board you see in the picture. We’ll keep trying. Read More

Death to sealed drinks?

14 August, 2019: I think we are going to kill the sealed drinks idea. As you know we make all our own drinks in house. 100 percent of them. As more customers have been taking their food to-go, we started experimenting with bottling them and keeping them in fridges. A year ago, we got pretty disturbed by the amount of… Read More

Do they have baby name books for this?

9 August, 2019: Have you sneaked a peek? We’re opening a new restaurant at 565 Boylston in the Back Bay. Ever since we opened the second-ever Clover food truck in Dewey Square, and needed to distinguish it from the first food truck at MIT, we’ve added 3 letters to the word Clover. Usually these were based on the T-stop near… Read More

Tips

9 August, 2019: We’ve turned on tipping. The bottom line: our staff are taking home a lot more money each week. That’s great. And it’s why we’re taking tips now. I’d held off on this for a long time. There is so much about tipping that is nasty. But I think technology has allowed us to avoid most of the… Read More

We’re opening a restaurant in the Back Bay

6 August, 2019: I’m really excited to announce that we’re opening our next restaurant at 565 Boylston St., directly across from Copley Square. I’ve wanted to be in the Back Bay for a long long time. We were counting the other day and I think we have more than 1,200 requests from Back Bay folks over the years. Forgive us… Read More

From the archives

Even iPad struggles to keep up with Clover lunch rush

6 April, 2010: So we bought an iPad, surprised? I have big plans for the iPad on the truck. We keep all of our recipes, staffing schedules, inventory, etc. online. I thought the iPad would be the perfect way to access that stuff, if we could keep it on. 5 minutes into it’s first lunch shift the iPad shut down… Read More

Cross country in a DIY camper van

31 July, 2019: I just got back from a 3 week road trip with my family. I promised more than once to send pictures along the way but I didn’t. I’m not sure why. I think I was just enjoying being off grid. Just wanted to keep those experiences to myself at the moment. Now I’m back in Boston. Man… Read More

Team outings are back!

20 July, 2019: It was 2:30pm on a Monday. I was sitting on a boat next to Stacia and Jasper. We were all putting on sunscreen. I had a frisbee in my bag, not a laptop. I was NOT in a Clover restaurant. None of us (us = most of our general managers, kitchen managers, and corporate staff) were in… Read More

“Boba” at Clover

11 July, 2019: We’re testing drinks sealed in the style of boba tea. Credit for this idea comes from Xian Famous Foods in NYC, who make and seal their drinks this way. We’ve always thought it looked really slick. Earlier this year, we found we were wasting tons of plastic using bottles. Chris hunted down a sealer and some post-consumer-recycled… Read More

Cottage what?

11 July, 2019: Most people think of cottage cheese in a certain way. Usually that way is…not good. Luke, a farmer from Brookford Farm, came to Food Dev with cottage cheese that he makes on his farm in New Hampshire. Cottage cheese is curds and whey, and when it’s made with good fresh milk, it can be absolutely delicious. Luke… Read More

From the archives

Kendall vs. Dewey

7 July, 2010: We’ve been getting to know our neighbors in the new Dewey Square location. And we’re having a ton of fun. It’s early, but we know this: few of you are willing to tell me what is wrong (come on, I know there are things you don’t like, it’s far from perfect), you’re patient and don’t mind waiting… Read More

Learning about PR (warning long post!)

10 July, 2019: Hi! I’m Jane. Some of you might remember me from when I was taking customer orders and pouring coffee at Clover DTX 🙂 Now I manage the marketing department. I got a concussion a few weeks ago playing frisbee (I’m okay now!) and had to limit my screen time. I wrote out this entire blog post with pen… Read More