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Deseret News: 10 years after it opened, Utah’s Blue Lemon is more of a family restaurant than ever

ALPINE — Math tests, football practices, dance competitions, family time — with six children between the ages of 5 and 14, Aaron and Lychelle Day have their fair share of tasks to complete, places to be and obstacles to overcome.

But one challenge they don’t endure — despite each of those six kids having different personalities, likes and dislikes — is picky eating.

“It’s not like most parents who deal with the pickiness of kids. My kids are not,” Aaron Day said. “They’ll try anything. I have one daughter that will try anything from sashimi to oysters to you name it, she’ll try it.”

What’s their secret?

“We’re really foodies at heart,” Aaron Day said. “… We really just enjoy food and enjoy the experience of trying new foods, and so we’ve always ventured out of our comfort zone and try new things.”

That love of food is not only something the Days have instilled in their children, it’s also something they hope permeates into every facet of their business. The Days are the founders of Blue Lemon, the Utah-based restaurant chain known for its “fast-casual gourmet” offerings and cerulean citrus logo.

On Feb. 25, Blue Lemon reaches its 10-year anniversary, a celebration the Days view as a milestone for both their business and their family. When the couple began the process to open their first Blue Lemon location in Highland in 2009, they had three daughters. Now the family has grown to include six children as Aaron and Lychelle Day have adopted their three sons in the years since opening Blue Lemon.

“Having our kids and our family grow with the concept and with Blue Lemon, it’s been really neat to see and sharing some of the experiences that we had with our kids and and having our kids involved is awesome,” Aaron Day said.

The concept for Blue Lemon developed out of a need the Days perceived in their own lives.

“There just really wasn’t anything in our local area down here in Highland that … we would want to go eat, for instance, to go on a date night but was also place we could also take the kids to and feel comfortable doing so,” Aaron Day said.

The Days, who live in Alpine, had also been experimenting in their own home with different types of eating — from vegan to vegetarian to an all-raw food diet — and wanted to provide a restaurant that had a “healthful eating aspect” to it as well.

“Really that’s what Blue Lemon’s menu was envisioned and born from,” Aaron Day said.

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New menu items and special offers

Blue Lemon rolling out new menu items and special offers for the summer months

You can count on fresh, stupendous food every time you come to Blue Lemon. But we thought it was about time to twist up the menu. Don’t worry, your favorites are still there, but we’ve got some new delights for your taste buds.

New menu items (May, June, July, Aug): 

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup

$4.50 for a bowl, $2 for a cup. It’s an affordable, clean option that will leave you feeling good. Citrus for the summer!

Jalapeño Lime Glazed Salmon

We filet our salmon in the restaurant, and glaze it with our scratch-made jalapeño lime sauce. Then the dish is topped with corn and tomato relish, sliced avocado and charred jalapeños. On the side you get house rice and grilled asparagus.

Also, check out some other changes we’ve made for summer:

  • Lowered price of kids menu.
  • Sandwiches now come with side fries or salad (purchased separately before).
  • Now have a half and half combo with soup and sandwich.
  • Baked fries: Others have sweet potato fries but are still frying them. We don’t have fryers or microwaves – only convection oven and bake to order. Same with kids’ chicken fingers.
  • New on the menu: veggie and hummus sandwich.  A vegetarian gem, this is made with scratch-made hummus, sautéed peppers and onions, sliced crisp cucumber, green leaf lettuce and lemon pesto aioloi. It comes on white ciabatta or sprouted wheat bread.

Limited Offer for May:

Come try our special, the braised beef smothered burrito.

Limited Offer for May/June:

$2 off Tuesdays special (minimum purchase $10)