Posts tagged Licensing

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What’s up with CloverNEW?

1 November, 2015: Many of you are wondering what is happening with Clover Newbury St. Yeah, me too. Here’s the short update. The MBTA approached us in 2011 about building a kiosk at the slab (affectionately known as the “crack slab”) on the end of Newbury. Some of you saw the “coming soon” sign the MBTA put up there 2… Read More

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Come see see us get kashered Thursday

14 July, 2015: So a couple of weeks ago Rabbi Dolinger came up to the HUB to kasher that facility which included our commissary kitchen, our HUB restaurant, and all but 1 of our trucks (1 was at a shop being worked on). He’s coming back this Thursday to kasher BLV, HSQ, and KND. Then we’ll have to get HFI… Read More

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Clover #7

10 July, 2015: I’m working on our next Clover location. We had expected it would be Copley Sq. (you might have seen me mention something about that). We had a Letter of Intent (LOI) signed on a site there. A Letter of Intent is a non-binding agreement between a landlord and a tenant. Our Landlord approached us about that site… Read More

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This is what Kashering looks like

23 June, 2015: I’m not Jewish. I was raised going to a small New England brick congregationalist church a couple of towns over from where I grew up. But I’ve wanted Clover to be Kosher for a long time. I had a colleague at McKinsey who kept fairly strict Kosher, and I was shocked what a nightmare it was for her to… Read More

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First game of illegal pinball

27 April, 2015: I snapped this pic opening day. A few hours later Sean got the 11 single-day permits that allow us to play pinball. I bought this kid his game (all kids are going to play free), so I’m hoping it’s not entirely illegal, as I wasn’t selling a play. So if you’re curious as to the status of… Read More

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50 minutes to open

23 April, 2015: I won’t pretend we’ve never faced a close opening situation. But I don’t think it’s been this tight. Our contractor had been trying to get the plumbing inspector in since last Wednesday, that was the only inspection outstanding yesterday morning. We finally got our permit issued at 11:10am, for an open at noon. We couldn’t bring food… Read More

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Illegal pinball

13 April, 2015: The other day I posted about all of the things going on for Clover. A really long post. Towards the end of that post was a mention of a pinball. Not less than 3 hours after I put that post on the website I got an email from Cambridge Licensing letting me know that due to an… Read More

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Clover HFI waiting for a storefront

30 August, 2014: We’re waiting for a storefront for our new Central Square location, Clover HFI. I’ll admit I’m a little impatient. And this stuff takes forever. And there is no way to speed it up. To update you on some of the other things we’ve been doing: we had to submit for a 2 variances with the State Architectural… Read More

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This is 24 hours Cambridge

24 July, 2014: This happened Tuesday night. After our delayed hearing our application for a 24 hour license was heard and approved. That’s right. We’re going to open the first 24 hour Clover, and it will be the only 24 restaurant in Cambridge. We’re really excited. We’re used to unanimous support. Every hearing we’ve had since I started Clover and asked… Read More

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Clover Central Square hearing moved to Tuesday

17 July, 2014: Here’s what happened: we had a hearing scheduled to consider Clover HFI’s application for a common victualler license (an old Massachusetts thing that’s required for operating a restaurant). I was late and so our hearing was moved to this coming Tuesday. If you’ve been reading you know we’re applying for a 24 hour license, a first for us,… Read More