Andrea Gonzmart Williams and Casey Gonzmart, Jr.
Andrea and Beau
Andrea is the great-great-granddaughter of Casimiro Hernandez Sr., founder of the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City in 1905. Her grandparents were Cesar and Adela Gonzmart, and her parents are Richard & Melanie Gonzmart. Her father, Richard is the President of the Columbia Restaurant Group. Andrea is a fourth-generation native Floridian and was born in Tampa.
She is married to Beau Williams and her daughter, Amelia, represents the sixth generation.
Andrea began working at the Columbia Restaurant when she was 10 years old and worked every summer until she joined the company professionally in 2001. She began her career in the kitchen at the Columbia in Ybor City and was the first woman to ever work in their kitchen. She then went on to be an assistant manager at the Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key, St. Petersburg and Celebration.
Andrea transitioned to the corporate office in 2004 to have the opportunity to work alongside her father Richard. As a family member she wears many hats within the company, but to name a few, she is Director of Operations for Cha Cha Coconuts, she oversees the wine lists and liquor purchases in all concepts, and enjoys helping with recipe development. She also enjoys representing the company and the family in TV appearances as well as through her community involvement.
Casey, Jr. and Jennifer
Casey Jr. is the great-great-grandson of Casimiro Hernandez Sr., founder of the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City in 1905. His grandparents were Cesar and Adela Gonzmart, and he is the son of Casey Gonzmart -- the Chairman of the Columbia Restaurant and the late Mary Jourdet Gonzmart.
Casey is married to Jennifer Gonzmart and their children, Adalyne and Casey III, represent the sixth generation.
Growing up within his family’s restaurant, Casey Jr. was introduced to the hospitality industry at an early age and has been able to continue that passion throughout his life.
Casey Jr. graduated from Tampa’s Jesuit High School and continued his formal education in hospitality, focusing on hotel and restaurant management at Florida State University. While at Florida State, he was a key member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society, Eta Sigma Delta Hospitality Honor Society and National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. He apprenticed at the prestigious Torres Winery in Barcelona, Spain alongside award-winning founder Miguel Torres.