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Broken toe

29 August, 2008: See that big toe? Last night I dropped the LP gas tank on it. I think it might be broken. Anyway, it kept me from surfing this morning. I guess this is why people wear steel toed boots. I was actually looking at some the other week but couldn’t find any not in leather, so didn’t buy.… Read More

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CLOVERFOODLAB CAMBRIDGE, MA

29 August, 2008: I couldn’t pass inspection without the name of the business, city, and phone number on both sides of the truck. This lettering has to be 2″ tall. Since the entire truck is going to get torn apart and re-built in a few days, I kept this simple. These letters were $2.48 for a package from Dickson Brothers.… Read More

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Inspection passed

29 August, 2008: Can-Am Auto of Hartford, CT, the place that sold me the truck, isn’t covering the kingpin repair. I’m protected by the law, but they wont budge. I think I’ll have to bring them to small claims court, but for now I paid for the $1,300 repair myself. The truck is now in top shape and has passed… Read More

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MIT alum returns to campus to run food truck

30 September, 2008: Clementine and Ayr with new Clover truck Hi all. We’re nearing opening day (13 October), and I thought I’d take a second to introduce myself. I’m going to be serving you amazing food out of this new truck that’s going to be parked at MIT. These pages are packed with information about the journey from idea to… Read More

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Clover Food Lab early logo

28 August, 2008: This is a logo Brooke helped me draw. This was from 2 days after the basic idea was hatched. Here is the picture the logo was taken from: Read More

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Debbie is my hero of the day

28 August, 2008: Remember the story about Chris O’Neil at Cambridge Licensing yesterday. Well today I got a call from Debbie at the Cambridge Chronicle legal advertising department. It seems Chris did the right thing and submitted my application. YES! Amazing though what a stark contrast between how helpful Debbie was (she even called to confirm) even though she doesn’t… Read More

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Fun with Cambridge Licensing

27 August, 2008: This is where I’ve been spending a lot of time lately, Cambridge City Hall. Actually, the building I’m usually visiting is next door, and not as grand. Today I was running between MIT, having met with Richard Berlin, head of dining services, to confirm my spot, and city hall to get my application for food truck license… Read More

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IDEO meets Clover

27 August, 2008: I did a “tea time” at IDEO Boston today. I guess they take time periodically to step away from work and sometimes have a guest. A friend invited me, and it was a ton of fun. Lots of questions and some really interesting ideas. One of my favorites: put up a sign on the food truck for… Read More

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Truck is at the body shop

22 September, 2008: I’ve left the truck with Scott at a body shop in Salem. They are going to cut the truck this week. Keep your fingers crossed. Read More

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ServSafe Certified!

26 August, 2008: Last Friday I went into the Massachusetts Restaurant Association offices in Southborough, MA and took my ServSafe exam ($50). This is an exam that is required for “Foodservice Managers.” At John Olinto’s recommendation I’d skipped the course and opted for the online training. You sign up with the National Restaurant Association, give them $135, and take the course at… Read More

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Rejection

26 August, 2008: More truck trials. I thought I’d go get the truck inspected. I went to Everett Truck Repair, just around the corner from A1. They did the state inspection and claimed the king pins are bad, so it failed inspection. Turns out this is a $1,350 job ($700 parts, remainder labor). Boy. I don’t think the king pins… Read More

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Hood fixed

26 August, 2008: OK, so it took showing up at 7am Monday morning with a “Box ‘O Joe,” a dozen assorted donuts, and a lot of energy, but the hood is now done, and done right. It’s not perfect, but better than anything else I’ve seen on a food truck. We got an “inline” fan, which means it fits right… Read More

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Giant blower fan disaster

22 August, 2008: Uggg. So I went to pick the truck up today after leaving it for the week to have a hood installed. You know, those big stainless steel things that restaurants have above cooking areas. Turns out they are very expensive, but required by code, even for our little truck. So this is what disaster looks like. The… Read More

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Coffee in the morning

9 December, 2008: Coffee is working beautifully. We’re slowly building a following. We’ve still got a few things to work on: (1) Some of you feel the coffee is “light,” or “not strong enough.” I think part of this is everyone being used to Starbuck’s burnt. But I’m afraid a part might be due to the brewing method. We’re going to… Read More

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The truck

20 August, 2008: Clementine and Ayr with new Clover truck After a ton of research, having visited two dozen different trucks for sale, and heavy negotiations, we have our truck. We bought the truck in Hartford, CT from CanAm, a used truck dealer. It belonged to a fleet of trucks leased out of PA (where most of the trucks are… Read More