Mark Meline sets out to invest in his community, one patty at a time

By Luke Hollister

Blu Burgers & Brew is a place where people can come, hangout and feel like they are a part of their neighborhood here in Mukilteo. “That’s one thing about mom and pop restaurants, you gotta be part of the community,” said Mark Meline, owner of Blu Burgers & Brew. 

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Mark Meline, owner of Blu Burgers & Brews, looks at an order, Saturday at his restaurant in Mukilteo.

Meline often uses his business to help fund school programs in Mukilteo such as theater, volleyball, soccer and baseball.

In the kitchen, Meline keeps his menu small and simple to focus on meal quality. All of the sauces, fries and various ingredients are made in-house.

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Benito Cruz, a cook for Blu Burgers & Brew, flips a burger while preparing a burger, Saturday in Mukilteo.

The hamburger beef is all natural and grass fed from Oregon.  The Parmesan Truffle Fries, a specialty item, are made from Kennebec potatoes, known by the best chefs in the nation. The potatoes are hand-cut and when fried, result in a crispy outer shell with a soft middle.

Meline’s personal favorite burger, the Sweet Caroline, comes with a sweet mustard-based South Carolina sauce and slaw. Meline provides opportunities for his chefs to experiment with the menu. One of the most popular creations is their jalapeno popper burger.

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Mark Meline’s personal favorite burger, the Sweet Caroline, sits beside a stack of Parmesan Truffle Fries, Saturday at his restaurant in Mukilteo.

Most of Blu Burger’s products are sourced as local as possible. The Flagstate IPA is from Mukilteo’s very own Diamond Knot Brewing Company.

Meline said that after decades in the restaurant business, he has never received the kind of positive feedback he gets from customers in Mukilteo.

“You become part of the community,” he said. ”You know people, they know you. That’s really rewarding.”

Spencer Meline, Mark’s son, helped start the business back in 2016 with the same vision of simplicity and community.

“Keeping things very simple is really important,” he said. “Keep it simple and approachable.”

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Cook Benito Cruz shreds fresh parmesan onto a stack of truffle fries, Saturday at Blu Burgers & Brew in Mukilteo.

Blu Burgers & Brew is intended to be a place where families can come to have a good time without breaking the bank for both lunch and dinner.

Blu Burgers & Brew is located at 9999 Harbour Place in Mukilteo. For catering call (425) 493-6900 or visit https://www.bluburgersandbrew.com/.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s free community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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