Seattle Times

Nothing but blue skies in festive Azul

Mill Creek Town Center, still very much a work in progress, already boasts a lively retail mix with small shops and destination draws such as Central Market, LA Fitness and University Book Store. By 9 p.m., though, things get pretty quiet — and not just because the bulldozers have stopped.

Azul, a two-month-old Mexican-themed restaurant and lounge, looks like a good bet to generate some after-dark action on Mill Creek’s meandering Main Street. It has the right pedigree — owner Allen Hutmacher is a former partner in Peso’s on Queen Anne — a sexy, sophisticated look and good food.

A constellation of votives flickers romantically in the deep-blue depths of the dining room, and the soundtrack is programmed for partying. In the mirrored lounge, where street-side windows slide open to welcome balmy breezes, skilled bartenders mix the kind of fruity rum and tequila concoctions bound to put anyone in a vacation state of mind.