Andrea Gonzmart Williams, 5th-generation caretaker of 1905 Family Of Restaurants, dances flamenco.

Owned And Operated
By Five Generations
For 117 Years

The original Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Tampa

Columbia Restaurant

seven Locations across florida

Outdoor seating at Cha Cha Coconuts in St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

Cha Cha Coconuts

St. Armands circle, sarasota

Ulele Tampa Heights

Ulele

tampa heights, tampa riverwalk, TIA

Family-style diner Goody Goody Burgers in Hyde Park Village, Tampa

Goody Goody Burgers

Hyde park village, TIA

Casa Santo Stefano, a Tampa-Sicilian restaurant in Ybor City

Casa Santo stefano

ybor city historic district

Red background
Gold frame, decorative

About Us

It all began in 1905 when Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., founded the Columbia Restaurant in Florida.

An ambitious young Spaniard, Casimiro Sr., left Cuba with his family and dreams in 1902.

Inspired by the opportunities in Ybor City, Tampa's cigar-producing Latin Quarter, he saw a prosperous future in the Florida sunshine. No stranger to hard work, Casimiro Sr. spent years working at the Florida Brewery on Fifth Avenue, until he glimpsed a new opportunity to sell beer at an Ybor City spot called Saloon Columbia. 

 

In 1905, the original Columbia Restaurant opened on the corner of 22nd Street and 7th Avenue (then Broadway). The restaurant now seats 1,700 guests in 15 dining rooms across an entire city block. As the oldest restaurant in Florida, it is also the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.  

Community Harvest's 25th Year

For the first time, customers at all of the company’s restaurant brands can choose which charity gets their donation.

Logo - 25th Annual Community Harvest