Get ready for a deluge of chickpea fritters: Clover is laying down more roots in Boston. The local chain has announced its plans to open two new locations, one in the Financial District and another in the Longwood Medical Area. This news comes just months after Clover opened its first Boston proper location on School Street in Downtown Crossing.
Both locations are set to open in June, according to a post on Clover's blog, and the addresses of these two restaurants are 160 Federal St. and 360 Longwood Ave., catering to the downtown lunch crowds as well as the heavily trafficked medical area.
The restaurants will be larger than average, and Clover is apparently on a "hiring blitz" to staff the spaces. They're in need of 15 people for kitchen prep, 10 assistant managers, and 70 team members, and the company will be interviewing people over the course of the next four weeks.
Clover is set to go before the City of Boston licensing board next week to get approval for the new places, which may operate between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. If approved, the Longwood restaurant will have a seasonal patio that can seat 20 people.
Update 5/19, 4:30 p.m.: The Financial District restaurant will serve as Clover's flagship location in Boston, according to director of communications Lucia Jazayeri. That restaurant will open first, inside of Boston's first high-rise building, which used to be an old shoe factory. It will have a number of features that none of the other locations have, including a pop-up space inside.
"It's this really cool raised area within our store that has its own door but overlooks the restaurant," Jazayeri said.The first pop-up Clover will host will be the restaurant recruiting agency Clothbound. Clover will also have CSA pick-ups on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from farms including Siena, Next Barn Over, Enterprise Farm, and the Rhode Island Mushroom Company.
The space downtown will seat 88 people in 2,300 square feet. Jazayeri said Clover anticipated opening the Longwood spot within a few days of the Financial District spot.