From the archives

George Howell coffee van!

5 March, 2020: I love George Howell’s new vans. It’s like a coffee bag on the go! We spotted this one zipping around Cambridge from the backseat of Ayr’s car the other day. It made me crave a cup of Montecarlos. We’re getting new resupply vans at Clover and I think we’re going to move away from our all-white. The… Read More

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Mexicali testing updates

2 March, 2020: Our latest experimental sandwich is the Mexicali Mushroom – a Baja-fish-taco-inspired creation. If you come by KND any day after 11am we’re testing it there. So how is it faring? Customers are saying it’s the best thing they’ve ever had at Clover. Wow. Repeat purchase behavior is one of the big things we look for in a… Read More

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End of Gonzo Test

27 February, 2020: David’s original version of the Gonzo Sandwich – Jan 14, 2020 Customers at CloverBBY are probably already aware, but we concluded our Gonzo Sandwich test last week. It unfortunately wasn’t selling as well as we’d hoped. David’s sandwich that he presented at food dev last month was AWESOME. Layers of thinly sliced, crispy seitan, tons of spices… Read More

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2 weeks with salads

4 June, 2009: You’ve asked us about these, tasted them, been confused by our pricing, and sizes, and lack of lettuce, and loved them (beet in particular). Now it’s time to explain what we’re up to with these “salads.” Back when Rolando and I started to imagine this menu there were no soups. At some point we let go and… Read More

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Coffee and Donuts with Tandem Roasters 2/28, 8:30-10:30am

25 February, 2020: Are those donuts in Clover’s fryer? We had so much fun getting to know Trevor of Speedwell on Friday. We’re going to do it again. Join us at CloverBBY this Friday (2/28) from 8:30am-10:30am. Kenny from Tandem Roasters will be stopping by, and those elusive apple cider donuts will be popping up out of the fryer. $5… Read More

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(updated) Mexicali mushroom launch thwarted by Kendall Sprinkler System

19 February, 2020: (Update – as of Feb 20, 9am – our Kendall Square restaurant is back open!! Thanks to everyone for their patience!) There’s a lot of construction going on in the Google building. It was 12:15pm when there was a power surge and the fire alarm system sprung into action. Which meant sprinklers. In our kitchen. At the… Read More

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Naming sandwiches

19 February, 2020: A new sandwich just started testing today at CloverKND. Chipotle mayo, cornmeal-battered crimini mushrooms, cabbage slaw, and a cilantro pesto that we all went wild for. The sandwich is from Jenny, an assistant manager in our kitchen who brought it to Food Dev recently. It’s based on the Baja-style fish tacos she loves to make at home.… Read More

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Chris coming out with the hits – Mushroom Parm launching today

13 February, 2020: If you’ve been to Food Dev, chances are you’ve seen Chris Strange (last name used to distinguish him from Chris Anderson) sharing a food memory that he’s turned into a Clover sandwich idea. Most ideas we taste at Food Dev do not make it out of the Dev process, but Chris has been on fire lately! First… Read More

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How does a jalapeño popper become a sandwich?

15 January, 2020: In 2015 Paul and Bryan started talking about inventing a jalapeño popper sandwich. We were all skeptical. At that time Bryan was running CloverKND and Paul had been my intern and was running our Whole Foods account. They both grew up on the South Shore, going to a tavern in West Bridgewater called The Charlie Horse where… Read More

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Coffee and Donuts w/Derek of Speedwell: 2/21, 8-10am

10 February, 2020: Derek Anderson is responsible for roasting that beautiful Anaerobic Honey coffee from Ethiopia that a bunch of you have been sipping this past week. Derek himself is going to be in the house at CloverBBY, our newest location, on Friday, 2/21 from 8am-10am to pour some coffee, meet all of you and answer all your burning coffee… Read More

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2200 lbs organic red cabbage for the chickpea fritter

7 February, 2020: Chris just sent us this picture with the text: “2200lbs organic red cabbage from red fire. Looks beautiful” Couldn’t agree more, Chris. We’ll be shredding, quick-pickling, and serving these up in our Chickpea Fritter. You might notice that the local stuff makes for an even more bright, vibrant sandwich. Thanks to the folks at Red Fire out… Read More

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Loud Boylston

7 February, 2020: Our block on Boylston just got SO LOUD! There’s a Chik-fil-a opening up next door to CloverBBY in the old Boloco spot, and the construction noise is killing me! This was Stacia the other day, trying to chat with customers but literally only being able to smile over the sound of the drilling. Read More

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Bridgewater Nation is growing

7 February, 2020: Ayr got us a new camera, and I’ve been playing around with close-up photos. I’m pretty proud of this one of the Bridgewater. You can almost taste those crispy mushrooms! Our beloved Bridgewater leaves Tuesday the 11th to make space for a BRAND NEW MUSHROOM SANDWICH, the Mushroom Parm! If you’re on the app you may have… Read More

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ATM restaurant?

26 November, 2008: This blurry photo was captured in a parking lot in Brighton. I had some ideas looking at this ATM. Imagine building a tiny-footprint restaurant that can be dropped in a parking lot anywhere. Imagine learning from the truck, running with limited water, etc. Imagine bar seating up front, a clear wall in the middle, and the kitchen… Read More

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Zero Waste Rebranding

3 February, 2020: We’re in the process of refreshing the branding at Clover. But you may not have noticed. And that’s by design. I’m trying to do this logo refresh in a zero-waste approach. Typically when companies decide to change their branding they tear up signs, throw away packaging, throw away menus, etc. It’s really wasteful. I got to thinking:… Read More