Clover gets OK for beer in Kendall Square; site to open mid-November near Google
Clover Food Lab will be able to serve local beer along with its vegetarian, locally sourced and largely organic fare to Google employees and others at their new location at 5 Cambridge Center. Expected to open Nov. 17 near the entrance to Google offices in Kendall Square, the newest Clover restaurant will be the third in Cambridge after Harvard and Inman squares. Other locations are in Brookline and Burlington, and the fast food chain has a fleet of food trucks throughout the city.
Founder and chief executive Ayr Muir was conditionally approved a malt beverage restaurant license Tuesday by the city’s License Commission, allowing the new Clover location to serve beer. As with the chain’s other Cambridge locations, there will be a two-drink maximum per customer. Clover will be able to serve from 11 a.m., seven days a week, but are not approved to serve beer outside until all the city’s requirements for patio seating are met.
Clover is “not looking for a bar atmosphere,” Muir said. “The license is meant to highlight local beers and brewers and to promote local agriculture.”
An Alewife Clover is expected next year, according to the chain’s website.