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

From the archives

Ice cube

24 October, 2008: If you’ve been following this journey you won’t be surprised by this reference. Beautiful ice block from Brookline Coal and Ice (the place where we’re getting our LP and ice). You might be able to see here a bit of the truck. 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

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

From the archives

Meet Chris

25 November, 2008: This is Chris. You may have noticed him behind the counter on making your sandwiches. Chris is great. We wish he could be working for us full time, but he has another (much better paying and more stable) gig so we take what we can get. Most weeks you can find Chris on the truck Tuesday, Wednesday,… 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

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

Kale Crown

7 July, 2019: Most greens that you get in the grocery store were harvested weeks ago. One of the things we love about working direct with farmers is that we can get you produce that was harvested a day, a few days, or even a few hours ago. Yuka, Rob and I went to Next Barn Over and Kitchen Garden… Read More

Platters 2.0 live at CloverKND

12 June, 2019: We’re testing new platters at CloverKND. Reception has been extremely positive. Maybe better than what we saw with the original meatball test. This photo is from the customer feedback wall at Kendall. It’s been super positive so far. And I love how the customer at Kendall Square are taking the opportunity to give us feedback on other… Read More

From the archives

April fools at Clover

1 April, 2016: Today for a good part of lunch at Kendall and Newbury, the only sandwich available was the BLT. At Brookline Village, Shane started making breakfast so he’d have something to feed customers. Sorry all, this was not an April Fool’s joke. We really didn’t mean to run out of so many items today. We had a series of… Read More

Rhubarb Pie for grandma

11 June, 2019: Rhubarb is back. As many of you know I grew up with rhubarb and love love love it. It feels like childhood to me. My Grandmother is at the end of her life right now. She’s 101 years old. She and my mom are responsible for my love of pie. They taught me how to make pie.… Read More