While working at Johnny Jo's Pizzeria in the West Plaza, Julian Garcia introduced sandwiches made on fresh baked Dutch Crunch bread.
But it was just a twice-a-week pop-up for a couple of years.
So he teamed up with his friend since first grade, Jake Wilson, to open Bay Boy Specialty Sandwiches nearby at 4706 Holly St.
Bay Boy, which is scheduled to open Friday, April 6, will sell cold and hot sandwiches, all on Dutch Crunch bread made in-house. Garcia and Wilson have been refining their Dutch Crunch recipe and will roast meats in-house.
"We're trying to deliver great sandwiches to a scene that has sort of been lacking in sandwich offerings over the years, except for the Bite," Wilson said.
Dutch Crunch bread is popular in San Francisco (Garcia's hometown) and gets its name from a similar bread, Tiger bread or tijgerbrood, found in the Netherlands.
"It is chewy and soft but with no rind between the crust and the bread. It makes for a very, very unique mouth feel," Wilson said.
Its cold sandwiches: B.L.A.T. (thick cut bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato with house-made cilantro-lime sauce), the Gobbler (smoked turkey, Swiss cheese, fire-roasted red pepper, lettuce with chipotle mayo), the Bay Boy (Genoa Salami, house-made garlic sauce and hot pepper sauce, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion and a choice of cheese) and the Veggie (mushrooms, cucumbers, house-made garlic sauce and hot pepper sauce, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion and choice of cheese).
Hot sandwiches: Pastrami or Kimchi grilled cheese.
Its specialty will be the El Jefe (Cubano) with Smoked Mojo pulled pork, sliced premium honey ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and hot pepper sauce on a buttered and toasted Dutch Crunch bread.
The sandwiches will be $8 except for the Pastrami and El Jefe that are $9.
"They are big old sandwiches, you can eat one in one sitting but you also can turn it into two," Wilson said.
They expect to do a lot of catering for office buildings in the area so will offer a $12 box lunch (sandwich, chips and a cookie).
Garcia was born in San Francisco and met Wilson when he moved to Kansas City in first grade. Garcia's sister painted a bright blue mural of a red Golden Gate Bridge with a black Kansas City skyline in homage to Garcia's and Bay Boys' connection to the two cities.
Hours for Bay Boy will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Bar West Plaza recently opened on the corner, at 1121 W. 47th St., giving the neighborhood several options.