One Family. 117 Years Of Restaurants.
On Dec. 17, 1903, young Spanish-Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. opened a tiny saloon on the corner of 22nd St. and Broadway (now 7th Ave.) The location was a prime spot for a bar, and Saloon Columbia quickly became a local watering hole for cigar workers in Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor City.
In 1905, Saloon Columbia officially became the Columbia Restaurant, a place Tampa cigar workers could rest and enjoy Spanish and Cuban recipes, or snag a Cuban Sandwich to eat on the job. Through the years, the restaurant grew to envelop the entire city block.
Today, the five-generation family owned landmark is Florida’s oldest restaurant and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. The original location boasts 15 dining rooms and 1,700 seats.
There now are five Columbia Restaurant locations and two Columbia Cafes (at the Tampa Bay History Center and at Tampa International Airport).
In 2016, the family brought a beloved Tampa restaurant, Goody Goody Burgers, back to life in Tampa's Hyde Park Village. The iconic diner serves handmade pies and the famous Goody Goody Burger P.O.X., made with original recipes from 1925. A second location operates in Tampa International Airport.
Café Con Leche Ybor City also operates in Tampa International Airport.