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Almost complete?

14 October, 2008: We've received the siding material, and here is the truck with one of the table tops in the out position and 3 of the 4 panels installed. You can start to see the look coming together. Read More

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Konrad saves Awning

14 October, 2008: Due to some design issues that appeared insurmountable I was ready to give up on the awning. The only reason it is going to become a reality is that so many other people wanted to see it happen. John put serious time into working and re-working the design. But we still had a mechanical hang-up neither of… Read More

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John prepping rafters

13 October, 2008: Here's John working on the rafters. It's nearly 1am and we've got work ahead before we sleep. Read More

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Clover Menu 11-3-08

3 November, 2008: Today's menu before we ran out/ low. It was a good, if short, day. Again, we doubled our traffic. We also showed up at the latest hour yet (12:20pm first service) and left earlier than ever (1:45pm). I'd love to say this is because we ran out of everything, but really we just needed to get down… Read More

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Blocking out the awning

12 October, 2008: Here we're blocking out the area the awning will occupy when installed. You can see that it will slope down on the right. You can also see here that the holes in the side of the truck are enormous. Read More

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Reinforcements arrive (John Hong)

11 October, 2008: John came by this weekend to help with the truck. Above and beyond to have his help like this, and well appreciated as I'm coming out of my 5th 18 hour day in a row. Here John is cutting a template we were thinking we would use to bend the bar that supports the bottom of the… Read More

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2am working sessions

9 October, 2008: Here I am preparing the tables for the slides and finish coat of urethane. I wanted to have these channels cut before applying the finish to ensure everything had a water-tight barrier. These were a lot more tricky than I'd expected. Without getting into the details, due to the way the supports were cut at the body shop,… Read More

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Restaurant Depot

30 October, 2008: I've come to understand that getting your Restaurant Depot card is like a rite of passage into the restaurant business. Restaurant Depot is like Costco for restaurants. Except that the folks stocking the shelves are almost violent in their aggression. You have to dodge out of the way left and right. We've been buying basic stuff like… Read More

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At my parents working on the truck

8 October, 2008: I'm back at my parents this week getting the work done on the truck. Look at this rough picture. I love the way the windows become a frame for the scene behind the truck. It's great. You look from outside literally through the truck to the other side. Thanks Jinhee for the back window suggestion, I'm just… Read More

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First stage of counter preparation

8 October, 2008: The first step in preparing the counter tops was "production sanding" them. A production sander is something I learned about over at the Hobby Shop at MIT. It's a cross between a sander and a planer. Basically it can take rough wood and make it smooth and create two parallel surfaces. This is a great machine for… Read More

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Modern Plastics

8 October, 2008: If you've been following our progress you know that when faced a problem we discovered the awning system was going to take a while to figure out. The truck has two enormous holes in the side. As a back-up plan I figured we could cover the windows with some sort of "storm window." I figured we'd need… Read More

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Clover from a dream

8 October, 2008: This might sound funny, but this logo is from a dream. Don't worry, we're not going to use it. But I thought the story was funny enough to share: I guess I've been a bit anxious about logos. So last night I was dreaming that I was at this place where they had an old Clover coffee… Read More

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First credit card customer

24 March, 2009: We've been promising it for some time, credit card processing. Today it arrived. So don't sweat it if you're out of cash, and forget about the trip to the ATM. We've got you covered. Read More

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The awning in action

5 October, 2008: This is it folks, our awning is coming together. I got back to Western Mass around 1pm today to work on this. We went to Home Depot first to pick up a garage door (only way to get the rails fast). But Home Depot Greenfield doesn't sell garage doors. Down to Springfield. First to a Sears that… Read More