“Yesss! Can we finally be a real restaurant?”

27 December, 2019: A certain Area Manager said that, with excitement and joy, when I set these menus out. We have never made printed menus because our menu changes so much, sometimes by the minute, to stay in line with what’s coming out of farms. But it’s definitely been a source of frustration for customers and staff. With so many… Read More

New logos on glass

26 December, 2019: When we took over the space occupied by Minigrow, we noticed the top third of the glass was totally blacked out. It had a Pac-Man on it with the words MEAL COMPLETE as you exit. You know we’d never let something cover up glass if we could help it, even a sweet little Pac-Man. So we decided… Read More

Open!

10 December, 2019: We did it. We opened Clover Boylston. There was a line out the door for all of lunch. A really sweet group of (hundreds) of customers. We need to do the final count, but it seems we raised well over 3.5k for Stone Barns Growing Farmers Initiative. Now the real adventure begins. We’ll be popping popovers and… Read More

From the archives

Fan belt shredded

3 May, 2009: I’m here with Jared and John from fri-state truck center. They brought some fan belts to help me get the truck running. On one hand Sunday is the worst (and most expensive) day to have a breakdown. On the other hand this way it doesn’t get between you and your lunch. Read More

Clover opens in Copley Square tomorrow (12/10/19)

9 December, 2019: It’s finally real. We’re opening tomorrow. Come by between 11am and 2pm and pay what you want for your lunch. We’ll be donating 100% of the sales to the Stone Barns Growing Farmers Initiative. Have you heard of Stone Barns? If you’ve seen the Chef’s Table episode on Dan Barber, you may have seen (and been inspired… Read More

From the archives

Medlar sandwich coming back for one week only!

3 December, 2019: On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: one medlar bletting! Ok, that was never a lyric in the carol, but our medlars have been bletting away, and now they’re soft and sweet, ready to turn into medlar jam! The jam is rich and dark, kind of has an appley-winey thing going on.… Read More

From the archives

Free Brussels for Life! Seeking freelance designer to help with app work

26 November, 2019: I’m only sort of joking about the free Brussels sprouts. We do pay real $. Need some design help for the next version of our app. If you’re a freelancer with the right experience (or know somebody) we’d love to hear from you. We work in Figma. Design is driven through lots of iterative testing. We’d like… Read More

From the archives

$1 from every Brussels sprout sandwich sold all week is going to the Food Project

25 November, 2019: King Brussels strikes again! This time he’s decreeing that: $1 from every Brussels sprout sandwich (or platter) will be heading directly to The Food Project to fund the amazing work they do teaching teens how to farm on beautiful lively fields from Roxbury to Lincoln to Beverly to Lynn. If we can raise $1k this will fund… Read More

From the archives

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

From the archives

Clover Back Bay Countdown

22 November, 2019: We got our building inspector approval. Now we’re waiting on the City of Boston licensing office. That will take 2 weeks. Then health. Then we’re open to serve. Above is a shot of the restaurant that I snapped today. Almost there! Read More

From the archives

Wall drawing robot

19 November, 2019: Our contractor Justin signed up for this wall drawing robot on Kickstarter. It’s called Scribit. He was thinking we might have fun with it in new restaurants. I spent too much time the other day getting it working. The robot is pretty much undocumented and it’s operation has a bunch of buggy things. BUT… it is capable… Read More

From the archives

I love you.

19 November, 2019: We don’t have a restaurant in NYC, this is our Boylston St. restaurant. But if you squint… and use your imagination… Lucia received this email the other day and I thought I’d share it. Startlingly simple. What a nice thing to receive. Thanks Carl! And NYC? Yes. Our next restaurants are in Boston but someday we’d love… Read More

From the archives

Come and get a free King Brussels Sticker!

18 November, 2019: Courtesy of King Brussels himself, and with a little help from Alana (sp?) at Brattle Square Optical. We ordered a couple thousand of these really pretty oversized laptop stickers from Sticker Mule, but they never showed up to the HUB. Chris and the team were tearing apart the HUB looking. Later we realized that they’d been sent… Read More

From the archives

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

From the archives

When will Clover Boylston open?

17 November, 2019: I’ve been working harder than I have in years. And yet I feel like I’m failing daily. One of the things I’ve been terrible at is getting regular stories shared on the website. It’s been one of the perverse mechanics of building Clover. When the most exciting stuff is happening I spend the least amount of time… Read More