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Fifth Avenue South Is Busy as Old Milltown Area Spruces Up

The Milltown facade is sporting new colors. Here's what is open and soon to open.

It's a busy time on Fifth Avenue South between Dayton and Maple streets.

On Tuesday, Tully's Coffee employees packed up boxes and signs while clearing out the shop, .

Across the street, workers painted the facade of Las Brisas, the Mexican restaurant moving from its longtime Harbor Square location to Old Milltown. General manager Alvaro Castillo promises the new location will have much more tequila.

And we can't wait to see the outdoor dining area.

And have you seen the new spiffy paint job the Old Milltown facade is sporting? It complements the new Hazel Miller Plaza.

With and Old Milltown, it's a busy time in Edmonds.

Here's what is coming or already there at the original Old Milltown and adjacent building:

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  • Edmonds Hardware and Paint: opening soon

Question: Do you think Las Brisas' new location is better than its former one?

Bob Wilke August 29, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I just left the new location of Las Brisas and spoke to the Castillo's who own the restaurant. They confirmed that the old location is NOT open. The new Las Brisas on 5th Ave in Old Mill Town, will re-open soon. Alvaro Castillo is working hard and will be open soon, offering once again, that great Mexican cuisine that all of Edmonds has come to love.
Brian Soergel August 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Thanks Bob. The story has been adjusted.
KATHY PERKINS August 29, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I do not like the cuisine at Las Brisas and do not know anyone at the moment that does. I found the food greasy and the beans runny and tasteless. So I for one am not happy to see them move into town. I am very sad to see Tully's leave downtown Edmonds...Maybe if they had hired some decent employee's things may have turned out differently.
Bob Wilke August 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Kathy, We definitely have a difference of opinion when it comes to Las Brisas. My wife and I have been going there for over 5 years. We enjoy many fine restaurants in the Edmonds are - The Loft, Epulo, Demetri's to name a few. Las Brisas is our favorite Mexican food restaurant - period. We find the food fresh and delicious, the service excellent and the atmosphere clean and enticing. The new location is going to be beautiful and welcoming - just like the owners. I suggest you give Las Brisas another try. Theyare busy each night for a reason - they are good at what they do.
Ron Wambolt August 30, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I visited Tully's regularly for the 12 years they were in business here and never had a problem with any of their employees.
Priya Sinha August 30, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I grew up in the Southwest (Albuquerque, New Mexico) and am very particular about Mexican food. i find that most restaurants are some version of fried food with a ton of cheese. There is no distinction of the delicate Mexican flavors. Las Brisas is the only restaurant in town that actually makes Mexican food capturing the intricate flavors found in real Mexican foods. I can't wait until Las Brisas opens walking distance from my house. Furthermore, I can't say enough for the friendly service we get at Las Brisas.
Brian Soergel August 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Priya: I agree. I go elsewhere for my cheese-slathered refried beans; Las Brisas beans are fresh and tasty, especially when topped with some salsa. The only thing I was concerned about was the price for some of the full meals; I remember when a full Mexican-food meal was cheap, but I guess that's just sign of the times.
Priya Sinha August 30, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Brian, Fresh food costs money. Cheap, food full of preservatives is just thatc heap.
Brian Soergel August 30, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Priya, true about fresh food. That's why, unfortunately, you don't see many people on a budget at PCC or eating as healthy as they should.
Priya Sinha August 30, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Aaahhh...but, the prices of vegetable, fruits, and meats are elevated at PCC. I find similar foods at TOPPS and Fred Meyer for cheaper. It is a matter of shopping around. Trust me...I'm cheap.
Sherry Ann September 03, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Love all the fish & seafood options @ Las Brisas and the fact that Margaritas are made with fresh lime juice. Most authentic Mexican restaurant with a bar and table service that I have found out here in the 'burbs.
Tere Ryder September 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Just ate at Las Brisas again (going there since we moved here 3 years ago) and we love the convenience of the new downtown location, the food as always excellent, and excellent service, as always. It's a shame to see that someone painted over the original facade at this location (Milltown), and now it just looks like someone painted modern/hip colored paint on very old wood. ..... it looks like someone trying to save a buck.....in otherwords ruined the original by making it look like something it isn't. With all the information put out about "economic development" in Edmonds ALL the time (new buildings, structures, etc), you can bet that if any more existing store-fronts are vacant on Main Street (usually the prime street of small towns), I'm reminded of what the term "ghost town" comes from and what can happen. If you can't keep Main Street vibrant in a small town, you better start thinking about this now, BEFORE you do all the "economic development" blocks from Main Street.
Nate September 22, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Painting over the original facade was not only necessary for aesthetics, but to salvage a structure that was near collapse due to rotten, worn wood that got that way from the former owners negligence. The large amount of money that went into the rehab of this property will ultimately raise traffic, commerce, property value and, commercial rents across the entire downtown Edmonds business district. I think the colors are great and the paint is high quality. Take a closer look when you sit in that great park, have a sandwich and a glass of wine or a margarita outside of Las Brisas.

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