From the archives

Penultimate bite melancholia

13 January, 2020: A customer wrote this review on Yelp the other week. Rob, who manages our Burlington location, passed it along. Wow. Wondering how we can encourage more of this type of experience… I thought the Chickpea Fritter sandwich was the best thing ever. I just had the Pushpir. Wow! I think it’s the tamarind sauce that puts it… Read More

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Are sunchokes fancy?

12 January, 2020: It’s winter and we have Sunchokes back on the menu at breakfast and lunch (although the lunch sandwich is going away on Tuesday to make room for the Bridgewater.) Sunchokes have this strange draw. You hear one of our staff members describing it and then you just find yourself ordering it. Maybe it’s something to do with… Read More

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In 2019 we tore up the menu

9 January, 2020: Food Dev is an internal meeting. People huddle around a prep table with all sorts of hustle and bustle around us. We invite the public. We do this every Tuesday at 3pm, and we taste new ideas. In 2019 we tore up the menu in a few big ways. Some of them were intentional and planned. Some… Read More

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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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“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

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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

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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

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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

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Chip-in Farm

25 January, 2010: Saturday I took my kids to see the chickens that lay eggs for Clover. We’ve been getting our eggs from Chip-in farm in Bedford, MA. They are not organic, but they are free range. We’d love to use organic eggs but have found that we can’t get organic eggs that are local and fresh. So we stick… Read More

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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

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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

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$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

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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

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April fools at Clover

1 April, 2016: Today for a good part of lunch at Kendall and Newbury, the only sandwich available was the BLT. At Brookline Village, Shane started making breakfast so he’d have something to feed customers. Sorry all, this was not an April Fool’s joke. We really didn’t mean to run out of so many items today. We had a series of… Read More

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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