Alfalfa food factory to open the assembly row site


The new place will have a specialty groceries.

Hummus pie is the most popular alfalfa sandwich. Photo courtesy of Clover Food Lab

Favorite plant-based food chain Clover Food Lab will open a new location on Assembly Row this October, while also introducing customers to a unique way to shop.

This will mark the fifteenth location of the fast casual restaurant – the first in Somerville – and also the first specialty grocery store in Clover. Visitors will be able to purchase merchandise sourced from across the Northeast as well as alfalfa foods that were previously provided for fast food only, such as hummus, soups, coffee beans, and meal packets. CEO and founder Ayer Muir said Clover was looking to expand into more suburban locations, and while Assembly Row isn’t exactly suburban, it shares qualities with this type of location.

“There’s a lot going on out there,” Muir said. “There’s a lot of change, and we’re excited to be a part of it. There’s a lot of great business opening offices there. It’s exciting for us, to make our food more accessible to these people. There’s actually a huge population out there as well.”

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The menu on the Assembly Row site will be the same as in its other places, but Muir highlighted several notable items. One is the new potato pesto sandwich, which comes with sunflower seed pesto, smoked local cheddar, and a hard-cooked egg. The chickpea pie is a popular choice among guests, made with cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, and carrots.

Clover partners with local entrepreneurs Bobby MacLean and Alexandra Wisnant of the Bow Market’s food store Picnic and store To create the specialty grocery on Assembly Row, which will occupy 400 square feet. The retail space will sell pantry items such as hot sauce, salad dressing, and maple syrup, as well as fresh produce from local farms. They will also bring specialty drinks, desserts and bread. Some of the goods from the picnic and the store It will also be available for purchase.

The restaurant chain started as a food truck in 2008, with the goal of tackling global warming by building a better food future. Muir said he’s trying to introduce diners to vegetarian food.

“The average American eats 3.4 servings of meat a day,” Muir said. “The carbon footprint of that is huge.” He added, “Clover’s mission is to make vegetables so delicious that people crave and dream about them, people who like to eat meat, who haven’t given up on meat. … This is the main effect we have as a company, which is to get meat lovers to eat more meals.” that do not contain meat.

Alfalfa Food Factory330 Foley Street, Somerville

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