ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida (October 25, 2023) – Uptown St. Augustine, the city’s creative and thoughtful small business district, has always been the place to go for something fun, funky, and a little off the beaten path. Soon, it’ll also be the place to get the best bites, bubbles, and jazz. Chez L’Amour is a new elevated dining concept, offering a social experience through tapas-style small plates, plant-based upscale cuisine, decadent desserts, and a full bar, complimented by intimate jazz and piano music performed by world-class musicians. Located at 45 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine, Chez L’Amour is literally the house that love built.

Chez L’Amour is located at 45 San Marco Avenue in Uptown St. Augustine photo courtesy Chez L’Amour.

“This beautiful space showcases everything we’re passionate about,” says Alberto “AJ” Cebollero, who owns Chez L’Amour with wife Jeanetta. “The architecture of this city is amazing. We were able to take an old house from the late 1800s and, with a lot of love, turn it into a sophisticated and welcoming dining space. We really wanted to evoke the atmosphere of an old jazzy supper club, but with modern-day sensibilities.”

(l to r) Beverage Director Nick Hausman, Co-Owner Alberto AJ Cebollero, Co-Owner Jeanetta Cebollero, Chef Ellie Schultz, and GM Heather Vasseur.Photo courtesy Chez L’Amour.

The food at Chez L’Amour is global and evocative, with dishes that carry meaning for the owners, chef, and staff. Executive Chef Ellie Schultz takes inspiration from far and near. Her worldwide travels are evident in dishes like General Tso’s Chicken Biscuits, Thai-Style Mussels, and Broccoli Fritto. Pumpkin Beignets and Root Vegetable Hash harken to the restaurant’s Southern roots. Love takes its culinary form in the Spanish Magnolia Cake, inspired by the Cebollero’s wedding cake. Live music is an integral part of Chez L’Amour’s charm, with a stunning Yamaha C1 Grand Piano taking center stage. They will welcome world-class jazz musicians and pianists, including greats like Joshua Bowlus and Linda Cole (niece of Nat King Cole).

Photo courtesy Chez L’Amour.

“Something we take great pride in is our team,” reveals Jeanetta. “We took time to find people who are as passionate about this industry as we are – we’ve spent our lives spreading our love of art and culture! It was really important that we give them the space to be their best selves. AJ and I are all about empowering our staff to be creative and have an active voice at the table. This collaborative approach really takes it to the next level!”

Photo courtesy Chez L’Amour.

Chez L’Amour will open its doors on Wednesday, November 1st. The restaurant is located at 45 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084 (formerly Uptown Swinery restaurant). It will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 4pm to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. A happy hour is offered Wednesday through Friday from 4pm to 6 pm. They are currently accepting reservations, which may be made here.

ABOUT CHEZ L’AMOUR: Chez L’Amour is an upscale eatery and music club offering small plates, inspired entrees, indulgent desserts, and the best live jazz and piano music in the area. Located at 45 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine, the restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4pm to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. They offer special performances and can accommodate parties and private events. High-resolution photos can be found here. Learn more at and follow along on social media @bitesbubblesandjazz