ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida – Fresh on the heels of his most recent success, Chef Michael Lugo is switching gears for his next culinary adventure. His flagship restaurant, Michael’s, showcases the finest Spanish cuisine and wine in the region, and his latest offering, Pesca Vilano, reflects the flavors of his homeland, Puerto Rico. His newest venture brings French Bistro dining to Florida’s Historic Coast. La Nouvelle opened today, Tuesday, February 13th, in the historic Jefferson House at 102 Bridge Street in the Lincolnville neighborhood in St. Augustine, Florida.

Chef Matthieu Landillon

“There’s something so classically seductive about French cuisine,” says Chef Michael Lugo. “The fresh flavors, the contrasting textures of crunch and velvet smoothness, and elegantly simple ingredients – it’s comforting and transformative all at the same time. This new concept will take classic French bistro fare and infuse it with elegance – sumptuous yet approachable. I’m thrilled to experiment with these beloved flavors with a bonafide cuisinier. I’m thrilled to welcome Chef Matthieu Landillon, a talented chef from the coastal town of Marseilles, to the team. Chef Matthieu is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has a decorated career working with many notable chefs including Gordon Ramsey and Michelin Star Chef Bjorn van der Horst.”

La Nouvelle is in a lovingly refurbished Victorian home in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood. Formerly the home of Preserved restaurant, the Jefferson House was home to Marie Jefferson Eppes Shine, the great-granddaughter of President Jefferson and founder of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The home lies within walking distance of no less than eight other historic homes, as Lincolnville played a significant role in the Civil Rights Act. The space features seating in the cozy dining room, the Southern veranda, or the lush garden patio.

Mustard Crusted Pork Loin close up with braised lentils and garlic spinach.

The menu showcases classic French ingredients, perfectly prepared under the skillful eye of Chef Lugo. Look no further for simple French perfection than the fresh house-baked baguette with creamy French salted butter, a true testament to “less is more.” Once considered peasant fare, lobster finds its perfect home in the decadent Lobster Bisque, warm and velvety smooth with buttery brioche croutons, tarte crème fraiche, and glossed with roasted herb oil. The traditional Lyonnaise Salad is a crave-able salad course with fresh greens, cradling creamy poached eggs, and dotted with bacon lardons and a bright vinaigrette. A quick scan of La Nouvelle’s entrees will prompt the need for multiple return trips. The Jambon Beurre Sandwich, Branzino Almondine, Sole Meuniere, Steak Frites, and Duck Confit are just a few of the delectable main courses. The humble potato receives three luxurious preparations – duck fat potatoes, pommes frites, and pommes puree. Irresistible French flavors like lavender, chocolate and orange, and praline are married with foundational confectionaries like eclairs, Paris-Brest, tarts, and profiteroles.

ABOUT LA NOUVELLE – La Nouvelle features nouveau French bistro classic with an elevated edge. It is located at 102 Bridge Street in St. Augustine, Florida, and features an inside dining room, covered porch, and garden seating. Learn more at and follow along on social media @lanouvellesta.