With the closure of downtown Boise sandwich joint Bleubird last month, the space won’t stay vacant for long.

Lemon Tree Co. will start making sandwiches and lemonade in time for the Treefort Music Festival in March, co-owner Mayra Ruiz said.

Ruiz and Jasson Parra have teamed up on the venture.  Parra is the former area manager for Freddy’s Frozen Custards, as well as the founding general manager of the Idaho Yard House franchise at the Village at Meridian.

“We are very excited about this new venture – opening an artisan sandwich shop in the heart of the revival of downtown Boise, and building on the strong reputation and following this location has had,” Ruiz said. She said the restaurant, like Bleubird, aims ” to offer innovative sandwiches and lemonades, made with quality ingredients, in a great setting while providing exceptional customer service.”

Ruiz says the menu is still being developed, but they have several concepts they hope to launch:

  • PB & JJB: Peanut butter, cherry preserves, applewood bacon, and roasted jalapeno
  • Yam & Cheese: Roasted sweet potato, pickled beets, pickled red onion, whipped goat cheese, greens, and sumac vinaigrette
  • Beet Salad: Roasted beets, pickled onions, goat cheese, arugula, pistachios, and balsamic vinegar

On the lemonade side, they will serve up options like blood orange and blackberry sage.

BoiseDev first reported on Bleubird’s closure last year.

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