If you've been lamenting the lack of fancy cheese and charcuterie options in Boise, you can soon get your morbier and pate fix at the former Fixx location, 224 N. 10th St.
Sarah Kornfield and husband Dave Kelly will open Bleubird (like bleu cheese) in mid-August. A long-time chef, Kornfield will whip up a smattering of sandwiches and small plates at the ex-coffeeshop.
"It's a specialty deli at lunchtime and all through the evening, and then on top of it, it's going to be every day happy hour with beer and wine lists and fresh-squeezed sodas ... Into the evenings, we'll do a lot of heavy cheese and charcuteries," Kornfield explained.
But Kornfield isn't content to sling the usual deli fare; her menu will feature a unique array of embellishments.
"Instead of just having a turkey sandwich, we'll have a turkey, fig, sliced apples and taleggio cheese. ... We want to do lots of pickled vegetables and preserves and things like that," Kornfield said. "So a lot of like jams and chutnies and farm-fresh vegetables on sandwiches."
With a happy hour lasting from 4-7 p.m., Kornfield hopes Bleubird will become an after-work destination for downtown denizens. She's also working with specialty food purveyors to bring in hard-to-find imported cheeses and meats.
And in other opening news, State Street staple Montego Bay quietly shut its doors at 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane July 21 to make way for a new concept, The Drink.
Spearheaded by Fatty's owners Justin Zora and Clay Roman, along with new partner Steve Masonheimer, The Drink will feature three bars in one--a Vegas-style piano bar called The Blarney Stone, a sports bar called Whammy's and a tiki lounge on the water.
"We wanted to give people a place to go and not feel like they had to go, A: downtown or, B: bar-hop outside of this one building," said Zora.
Zora said the menu will be "refreshing and light" with an "island feel."
"The menu will stay pretty much the same throughout the venue ... 99 percent of all of our food will be under $10," said Zora.
The Drink will open at 3 p.m., seven days a week, and the grand opening is slated for Thursday, Aug. 16.