From the archives

Foil to wrap your sandwich

13 November, 2008: We’re getting better at this, but everyday there are a few reminders that we have a ways to go. This morning it was aluminum foil. We had planned to get to MIT by 9am, and we were running early. Then Rolando remembered that we were nearly out of foil. Around we turned, back to BMS Paper. $20.98… Read More

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Organization

12 November, 2008: One of the things we’re not quite on top of yet is the sourcing/ organization. It’s tough, the quantities are a moving target, and we’re making daily changes to the menu. All this means that each day we take stock of what we have, what we need, and figure out how to get from where we are… Read More

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Menu 11/12

12 November, 2008: We did another mushroom soup today, and it was a big success. The sandwiches are still selling well and evenly. The biggest news today was the bread. We finally got some great bread, and I think it’s making all the difference in the world. We are faster when it comes to making the sandwiches, and they taste… Read More

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Clover late night

10 November, 2009: … well it’s late for us! We had our first 8am-8pm day yesterday. It worked beautifully. Back at it today. It gets a little dark, but the truck has a nice glow. I’m adding more LED lights today. We’re learning a ton of other stuff too: like how to make sure we have enough food, how we… Read More

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Big containers

12 November, 2008: When a few things run out at the end of the day, that is a great thing. No waste. When everything runs out at 1:30pm, and we have to pack up early and leave it’s a bummer. Don’t get us wrong, we’re thrilled with the lines. But when I run out of food you don’t get to… Read More

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So what are we learning?

12 November, 2008: This post is just theĀ beginningĀ of a string of posts about some of our learnings. After all, we’re running this truck for the purpose of developing the best fast food menu ever. So what are we learning and what do people thing? First, it’s been a great test environment. Many of our customers are students or researchers. There… Read More

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Clover logo final stretch

12 November, 2008: The process with Hester just wasn’t working. I amicably called it off yesterday. Now I’m getting into this myself. There are sketches like this on envelopes, etc. everywhere (these are Brooke’s). Read More

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Truck in JP

12 November, 2008: Here’s the truck parked in JP and ready to go. Everything is spic and span and ready to go. Come see us in the morning. Read More

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Earth day at Stata

22 April, 2009: We’re at Stata today, about 200 yards from our normal location. Special one day thing for MIT’s earth day. Already it feels different. A ton of foot traffic over here. We’ve already had a bunch of people ask for breakfast. Come by and say hi! Read More

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Eastern apples

11 November, 2008: One of the clever little things we’ve discovered is that used cardboard boxes do a wonderful job keeping floors clean. So when we mop the truck down every day at the end of the day the first thing we do is break down some of our used boxes and place them on the floor at the front… Read More

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Bread

11 November, 2008: As some of you know, I’ve been really unhappy with our bread. I made a trip into NYC today to sort this out. I now know Queens and Brooklyn a lot better, and have visited every Pita bakery in the NYC area. We bought samples (several hundred each) of the best, and will start serving with them… Read More

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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

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Street art

11 November, 2008: I saw this sticker in Central. Great hunh? I’ve really got to figure out our logo. It’s not going to look anything like this, but I hope it has some of the originality that draws me to this sticker. Read More

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DWY, are you ready for it?

14 July, 2010: If you haven’t heard, Dewey is growing up. It’s time for a little truck-to-truck competition. Our first ever. We’re going to be counting how many people are fed at each truck over the next 2 weeks. I’ll call the plays. And of course I’m a disinterested observer, right? Hey Enzo! we know you’re killing it over there… Read More

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Deliberate randomness

11 November, 2008: John Hong worked hard to make what he called a “deliberately random” pattern with the lights on the roof. It looks great doesn’t it? Sort of like a ripple running through water. We haven’t served at night yet, so most of you haven’t seen this. Thought I’d share. I enjoy it every night. Read More