The Tasting Room is known for its award-winning wine list, live Latin music, dynamic menu, courtyard dining and continuous innovation of Spanish cuisine - a culmination of the efforts and experience of Michael Lugo. After studying hotel and restaurant management at the University of North Texas and working for the Pappas Restaurant Group in Dallas, he gained knowledge in all areas of the industry, from server, to head waiter to kitchen manager. After serving as a bar manager with the Landry's Restaurant Group, Michael had entered the fine dining category in a management role for Food Star Restaurant Group in Texas and the Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House in Dallas. There, he cultivated an in-depth knowledge of Wines as a wine steward, overseeing the restaurant’s 1000 bottle wine list. He and his wife moved to St. Augustine looking for a slower pace of life, yet bringing with them, passion for fine dining and entertainment.