From the Colonial Quarter
The Taberna del Caballo and the Bull & Crown Publick House at the Colonial Quarter on St. GeorgeÂ Street are the latest restaurant projects for Chef Michael Lugo of Michaelâ€™s Tasting Room inÂ St. Augustine.
These two restaurants are part of the two-acre Colonial Quarter outdoor history museum in a public/private partnership with University of Florida and entrepreneur PatÂ Croce (who also owns the St. Augustine Pirate Â & Treasure Museum next door).
The British-style pub and Spanish-themedÂ Taberna now showcase Chef Lugoâ€™s creative vision.
â€œFood comes firstâ€ Chef Lugo explained. â€œWe cook from scratch with great ingredients madeÂ with love. We have full bars with special cocktails, select wines and interesting beers. Itâ€™s theÂ complete package for dining, drinking and good conversation on St. George Street.â€
Chef Lugoâ€™s culinary curiosity began as he watched his Grandmother preparing traditionalÂ Puerto Rican dishes at home. His love for great food combined with a competitive driveÂ spurred him into the world of fine dining where he learned from top restaurateurs like ChefÂ Richard Chamberlain in Dallas, Texas. From there his skills and love for food grew until heÂ had an opportunity to open Michaelâ€™s Tasting Room (formerly The Tasting Room), a top restaurant in St. Augustine, renowned for its wine list. Pat Croce was a frequent diner and loved Chef Lugoâ€™s style. T
The Taberna Del Caballo and Bull & Crown Pub are open for business seven days a week inÂ the heart of downtown St. Augustine for lunch, dinner, cocktails and appetizers. For moreÂ information, go to www.colonialquarter.com or call the Taberna del Caballo at 904-342-2867Â and the Bull & Crown at 904-342-2869.