Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart family collection

Citation
Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart family collection

Material Information

Title:
Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart family collection
Creator:
Gonzmart Family
Language:
English
Physical Description:
18.70 : (23 boxes) ;

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Restaurants—Florida—Tampa ( local )
Restaurateurs ( lcsh )
Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.) ( lcsh )

Notes

Preferred Citation:
Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection, University of South Florida Special Collections Department, Tampa, FL.
Acquisition:
Richard and Melanie Gonzmart
Biographical:
Opened in 1903 and operated by the same family since 1905, the Columbia Spanish Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Florida and one of the largest Spanish restaurants in the nation. With humble beginnings as a café and saloon in Ybor City, the Hernandez and Gonzmart families expanded the business, first into adjacent space on its city block, and later opened restaurants around the state. The Columbia is most notable for how it evolved and adapted with the changing developments in Ybor City. Acquired by Casimiro Hernandez Sr. in 1905 from a Mr. Vasquez, Hernandez cultivated a solid business and bought the property in 1912. The Saloon Columbia quickly became the expanded Columbia Restaurant with the help of new partners (the Garcias of neighboring La Fonda Restaurant) at the onset of state and federal Prohibition laws. During the 1930s, the Columbia's Don Quixote dining room cashed in on the popularity of entertainment for dating couples, especially dancing to the accompaniment of orchestras and big bands. The dining room was the brainchild of Casimiro Hernandez Jr., who took over operations in the 1930s. During the 1950s and 60s, the Columbia became a regular stop on the Latin American entertainment circuit with the help of violinist Cesar Gonzmart, who joined the Hernandez family with his marriage to Adela Hernandez, daughter of Casimiro Jr. Cesars' focus on entertainment, publicity, and tourism helped maintain business while Ybor City slid into decline, and the Columbia gained a reputation as a "tourist trap." Breakfast service fell by the wayside in favor of more glamorous dinner shows. Middle American favorites such as hamburgers, pork chops, and steaks were added to the Spanish/Cuban menu, and Italian specialties were gradually phased out. Expansion began with a Sarasota Columbia in the 1970s, and outlets in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Harbor Island (all now defunct), St. Augustine, Clearwater/Sand Key, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, and Celebration. Adela Gonzmart and Ferdie Pacheco's Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook (University Press of Florida, 1995) brought acclaim in the mid 1990s. After the death of Cesar Gonzmart in 1992, his sons Richard and Casey took over the operations of the Columbia Restaurant Group. They continued to expand locations and renovated the Ybor City location's kitchen, finishing the multimillion dollar project as the 21st century began. The restaurant celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2005. The Columbia Restaurant Centennial Museum opened in a nearby property in 2004, showcasing the Gonzmart family's extensive antique collection until 2006.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
None.
Resource Identifier:
C61 ( USFLDC CID )
u29.216-c61-ead ( USFLDC Handle )

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Mixed Material

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author 245$c Finding Aid Authors: Andrew Huse, 2007.
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p © Copyright 2007 USF Tampa Library - Special & Digital Collections. All rights reserved.
date 260$c publication normal 2007-00-00 2007-00-00
address
addressline 4202 East Fowler Ave.
LIB122
Tampa, FL, 33620-5400
URL: http://www.lib.usf.edu/
Email: rbernard@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-1622
Fax: 813-396-9006
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frontmatter
titlepage
Guide to the Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart family collection
1903 1903
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archdesc level collection inventory
did
head Overview of the Collection
unittitle label Collection Title Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart family collection unitdate Dates 245$f inclusive 1903 -
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English
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corpname USF Tampa Library - Special & Digital Collections
4202 East Fowler Ave.
LIB122
Tampa, FL, 33620-5400
URL: http://www.lib.usf.edu/
Email: rbernard@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-1622
Fax: 813-396-9006
abstract 520$a Abstract Operated by the same family since 1905, the Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurants in Florida. With humble beginnings as a café and saloon in Ybor City, the Hernandez and Gonzmart families expanded the business, first into adjacent space on its city block, and later opened restaurants around the state. The Columbia is most notable for how it evolved and adapted with the changing developments in Ybor City.lb Casimiro Hernandez Sr. cultivated a solid business and bought the property in 1912. The Saloon Columbia quickly became the expanded Columbia Restaurant with the help of new partners (the Garcias of neighboring La Fonda Restaurant) at the onset of state and federal Prohibition laws. During the 1930s, the Columbia's Don Quixote dining room cashed in on the popularity of entertainment for dating couples, especially dancing to the accompaniment of orchestras and big bands. The dining room was the brainchild of Casimiro Hernandez Jr., who took over operations in the 1930s. During the 1950s and 60s, the Columbia became a regular stop on the Latin American entertainment circuit with the help of violinist Cesar Gonzmart, who joined the Hernandez family with his marriage to Adela Hernandez, daughter of Casimiro Jr. Cesars' focus on entertainment, publicity, and tourism helped maintain business while Ybor City slid into decline, and the Columbia gained a reputation as a "tourist trap." Breakfast and lunch service fell by the wayside in favor of more glamorous dinner shows. Middle American favorites such as hamburgers, pork chops, and steaks were added to the Spanish/Cuban menu, and Italian specialties were gradually phased out. Expansion began with a Sarasota Columbia in the 1950s, and expansion began in earnest during the 1980s. Adela Gonzmart and Ferdie Pacheco's Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook (University Press of Florida, 1995) brought acclaim in the mid 1990s. After the death of Cesar Gonzmart in 1992, his sons Richard and Casey took over the operations of the Columbia Restaurant Group. They continued to expand locations and renovated the Ybor City location's kitchen, finishing the multimillion dollar project as the 21st century began. The restaurant celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2005. The Columbia Restaurant Centennial Museum opened in a nearby property in 2004, showcasing the Gonzmart family's extensive antique collection until 2006. In 2009, the comprehensive history of the restaurant was published (University Press of Florida), authored by USF Special Collections Archivist Andrew Huse.
note Note
Other Information:
ready
Additional information may be found at http://usfldc:U29-00216-C61
bioghist altrender History 545 Family History:
Opened in 1903 and operated by the same family since 1905, the Columbia Spanish Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Florida and one of the largest Spanish restaurants in the nation. With humble beginnings as a café and saloon in Ybor City, the Hernandez and Gonzmart families expanded the business, first into adjacent space on its city block, and later opened restaurants around the state. The Columbia is most notable for how it evolved and adapted with the changing developments in Ybor City.
Acquired by Casimiro Hernandez Sr. in 1905 from a Mr. Vasquez, Hernandez cultivated a solid business and bought the property in 1912. The Saloon Columbia quickly became the expanded Columbia Restaurant with the help of new partners (the Garcias of neighboring La Fonda Restaurant) at the onset of state and federal Prohibition laws. During the 1930s, the Columbia's Don Quixote dining room cashed in on the popularity of entertainment for dating couples, especially dancing to the accompaniment of orchestras and big bands. The dining room was the brainchild of Casimiro Hernandez Jr., who took over operations in the 1930s.
During the 1950s and 60s, the Columbia became a regular stop on the Latin American entertainment circuit with the help of violinist Cesar Gonzmart, who joined the Hernandez family with his marriage to Adela Hernandez, daughter of Casimiro Jr. Cesars' focus on entertainment, publicity, and tourism helped maintain business while Ybor City slid into decline, and the Columbia gained a reputation as a "tourist trap." Breakfast service fell by the wayside in favor of more glamorous dinner shows. Middle American favorites such as hamburgers, pork chops, and steaks were added to the Spanish/Cuban menu, and Italian specialties were gradually phased out.
Expansion began with a Sarasota Columbia in the 1970s, and outlets in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Harbor Island (all now defunct), St. Augustine, Clearwater/Sand Key, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, and Celebration.
Adela Gonzmart and Ferdie Pacheco's Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook (University Press of Florida, 1995) brought acclaim in the mid 1990s. After the death of Cesar Gonzmart in 1992, his sons Richard and Casey took over the operations of the Columbia Restaurant Group. They continued to expand locations and renovated the Ybor City location's kitchen, finishing the multimillion dollar project as the 21st century began. The restaurant celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2005. The Columbia Restaurant Centennial Museum opened in a nearby property in 2004, showcasing the Gonzmart family's extensive antique collection until 2006.
controlaccess
Access Terms
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
610 subject Columbia Restaurant (Fla.)
local Columbia Restaurant (Fla.) -- History
USFSpecCol Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago (Organization)
Geographic Name:
geogname 651 Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.)
Personal Name:
persname 600 Gonzmart, Adela Hernandez
Topical Term:
650 Restaurants—Florida—Tampa
lcsh Restaurateurs
descgrp
Administrative Information
acqinfo 541
Acquisition Information:
Donation
accessrestrict 506
Conditions Governing Access:
None.
prefercite 524
Preferred Citation:
Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection, University of South Florida Special Collections Department, Tampa, FL.
dsc combined
Detailed List of Contents
c01 series
ArchonID internal id20071
LABEL 1 Columbia Spanish Restaurant
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id20072
container Box 1
Historical Information to Locations - Ybor City
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id20073
1
Folder 1
Historic Information
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1
2
Locations -- Ybor City (parts 1-5)
id20075
2
Locations - Celebration to Other Restaurant Concepts
id20076
2
1
Locations -- Celebration
id20077
2
2
Locations -- Daytona Beach
id20078
2
3
Locations -- Harbor Island (Tampa)
id20079
2
4
Locations -- Orlando
id20080
2
5
Locations -- St. Augustine pt. 1
id20081
2
6
Locations - St. Augustine pt. 2
id20082
2
7
Locations -- Sand Key
id20083
2
8
Locations -- Sarasota
id20084
2
9
Locations -- West Palm Beach
id20085
2
10
Other Restaurant Concepts (Cha Cha Coconuts)
id20086
3
Columbia Cookbook Periodical Clippings to Cooking and Food
id20087
3
1
Columbia Cookbook Periodical Clippings
id20088
3
2
Cooking and Food pt. 1
id20089
3
3
Cooking and Food pt. 2
id20090
4
Events and Awards
id20091
4
1
Events and Awards pt. 1
id20092
4
2
Events and Awards pt. 2
id20093
4
3
Events and Awards pt. 3
id20094
4
4
Events and Awards pt. 4
id20095
4
5
Events and Awards pt. 5
id20096
4
6
Events and Awards - Clipped Social and Groups Images
id133278
4
7
Events and Awards - Employees
id20097
5
Events and Awards - Programs to Tourism and Promotional Materials
id20098
5
1
Events adn Awards - Programs pt. 1
id20099
5
2
Events and Awards - Programs pt. 2
id20100
5
3
Tourism and Promotional Materials
id20101
6
Financial Records and Correspondence to Clippings 2000s
id20102
6
1
Financial Records and Correspondence
id20103
6
2
Profit and Loss Reports -- 1918, 1921 and 1924
id20104
6
3
Profit and Loss Reports -- 1928
id20105
6
4
Profit and Loss Reports -- 1929
id20106
6
5
Profit and Loss Reports -- 1930
id20107
6
6
Profit and Loss Reports -- 1931
id20108
6
7
Profit and Loss Reports -- 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, and 1938
id20109
6
8
Profit and Loss Reports -- 1940 and 1950
id20110
6
9
Columbia Business News
id133035
6
10
Stocks, Bonds, and Deeds
id133039
6
11
Clippings 1915-1950s
id133040
6
12
Clippings 1960s
id133042
6
14
Clippings 1970s [1]
id133043
6
15
Clippings 1970s [2]
id133044
6
16
Clippings 1980s [1]
id133045
6
17
Clippings 1980s [2]
id133046
6
18
Clippings 1990s
id133047
6
19
Clippings 2000s
item
id133051
Interview Tapes
scopecontent
Scope and Contents
Bag of 33 MM HD Video Cassettes
id133052
Columbia 8- Richard Int
Scope and Contents
33 MM DVCPRO cassette
id133053
Columbia 9- Richard Int
Scope and Contents
33 MM DVCPRO cassette
id133054
Columbia 10- Richard Int, Don Int
Scope and Contents
33 MM DVCPRO cassette
id133055
Columbia 18- Casey Int
Scope and Contents
33 MM DVCPRO cassette
id133056
Columbia 19- Lauren Int, Melanie Int
Scope and Contents
33 MM DVCPRO cassette
id133057
Columbia 20- Andrea Int
Scope and Contents
33 MM DVCPRO cassette
id133058
Record Album 1
Scope and Contents
Brown 8x7 45 R.P.M. Record Album
id133059
No Lo Cambiaria / Tomalo Todo
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Record
id133060
Primavera En Paris / Gamino Verde / Si Vas A Calatayud / El Nombre De Espana
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Record
id133061
Los Tamara / Blu / Quando, Quando, Quando
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Records
id133062
Triana Morena / Farruca Lerele / El amor es mi fortuna / Fantasia marinera / El Cordobes / Pocito de amor
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Record
id133063
Los Tamara / El Twist Flamenco / Hasta Siempre Vida / Cuando Calienta El Sol / Se Llama Maria
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Record
id133064
Si chiama Maria / Tanto / Pequenas Cosas / Mit 17 hat man noch Traume / Liebesbriefe
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Record
id133065
Cesar Gonzmart- La Paloma / Estas en mi Carazon / Tengo Tengo Tengo / Monisima
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Record
id133066
El son se fue de Cuba / Virgencita Del Valle / El Mundo / Un Billete Compro / Lluvia De Verano
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Record
id133067
Un Solo Carazon / No Me Juzgues / Tu Cancion / Si Todo es Para Ti / El Embrujo de Granada / Los Chavales de Espana / Te Quiero.. Ole! / Los Chavales de Espana
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Records
id133068
Nunca me Acostumbrare / Mira Como Bailo Yo / Si Yo Tuviera Un Martillo / Sapore Di Sale / Recordaras Nuestro Amor / Tu Para Siempre
Scope and Contents
45 R. P. M. Record
id133069
Record Album 2
Scope and Contents
Black 10x12 78 R.P.M. Record Album
id133070
The Lament of Ian the Proud / Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair
1954
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133071
La Comparsa / Por Fin Te Vi / Danza Negra
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133072
Dance of the Gnomes / Etude Tableau
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133073
Nie Vetier veya s visoty / S toboyu Mnie Pobyt Khotelos
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133074
Record Album 3
Scope and Contents
Brown 12x14 78 R.P.M. Record Album
id133075
Tell Me Oh Blue Blue Skies and Song of India / Song of the Volga Boatmen
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133076
Cesar Gonzmart- Dining at the Columbia
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133077
Ivan Jadan accompanied by Adela Hernandez Gonzmart
Scope and Contents
33 1/3 R. P. M. Record
id133078
Les Pecheurs De Perles- Je Crois Entendre Encore / Aida-Celeste Aida
Scope and Contents
Record
id133079
Cavalleria Rusticana - Addio Alla Madre / Le Reine De Saba - Prete-Moi Ton Aide
Scope and Contents
78 RPM Record
id133080
Pagliacci - Vesti La Giubba / Marta - M'Appari
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133081
Vesti La Giubba / No, Pagliaccio Non Soni
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133082
Cesar Gonzmart's Orchestra Part I and II
id133083
The Devil's Trill Sonata Part I and II
id133084
Evening Song / Jocelyn-Berceuse
Scope and Contents
78 R. P. M. Record
id133085
Scherzo No. 4 Part I
Scope and Contents
Record
id133086
La Campanella / Nocturne in F Sharp Major
Scope and Contents
Record
id133087
Cesar Gonzmart Part III
id133088
Cesar Gonzmart Orchestra- Crystal Terrace Air Check
Scope and Contents
Record 33 1/3 R. P. M.
id133089
Cesar Gonzmart- Dancing on the Ceiling Thou Swell
1948
id133090
Cesar Gonzmart- Part IV
id20111
2 Gonzmart Family
id20112
7
Gonzmart, Adela to Hernandez Family
id20113
7
1
Gonzmart, Adela pt. 1
id20114
7
2
Gonzmart, Adela pt. 2
id20115
7
3
Gonzmart, Adela pt. 3
id20116
7
4
Gonzmart, Adela pt. 4
id20117
7
5
Gonzmart, Adela -- Meal Plans and Menus
id20118
7
6
Gonzmart, Adela -- Writings and Speech Notes
id20119
7
7
Hernandez, Casimiro Jr.
id20120
7
8
Hernandez Family
id20121
8
Cesar Gonzmart
id20122
8
1
Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 1
id20123
8
2
Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 2
id20124
8
3
Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 3
id20125
8
4
Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 4
id20126
8
5
Gonzmart, Cesar -- Mariel Boatlift
id20127
9
Gonzmart, Casey to Torrez, Miguel
id20128
9
1
Gonzmart, Casey
id20129
9
2
Gonzmart, Richard pt. 1
id20130
9
3
Gonzmart, Richard pt. 2
id20131
9
4
Gonzmart, Richard pt. 3
id20132
9
5
Gonzmart, Lauren and Andrea
id20133
9
6
Gonzmart Family - Philanthropy
id20134
9
7
Employees
id20135
9
8
Pacheco, Ferdie
id20136
9
9
Torrez, Miguel
id20137
10
Correspondence
id20138
10
1
Correspondence pt. 1
id20139
10
2
Correspondence pt. 2
id20140
10
3
Correspondence -- Gonzmart, Cesar
id20141
10
4
Correspondence -- Holiday Magazine Awards, 1968
id20142
11
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago
id20143
11
1
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago pt. 1
id20144
11
2
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago pt. 2
id20145
11
3
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago pt. 3
id20146
11
4
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago pt. 4
id20147
12
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago to Jesuit High School
id20149
12
1
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago pt. 5
id20150
12
2
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago pt. 6
id20151
12
3
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago pt. 7
id20152
12
4
Ballet Folklorico
id20153
12
5
Jesuit High School
id133279
13
Jadan, Ivan
id133281
13
1
Photographs and Images
id133282
13
2
Concert Programs - Florida, 1950s
id133283
13
3
Articles and Press Clippings
id133284
13
4
Correspondence
id133285
13
5
VHS Copy of "Ivan Jadan Hears Himself Sing"
id133286
13
6
Copy of "Ivan Jadan" by Doris Jadan - English
id133287
13
7
Copy of "Ivan Jadan" by Doris Jadan - Russian
id133288
13
8
Copy of "Codeword: Freedom" by Doris Jadan - English
id20163
3 Photographs
id20164
14
Photos
id20165
14
1
Photos - Restaurant Exterior
id20166
14
2
Photos -- Restaurant Interior-Customers
id20167
14
3
Photos -- Restaurant Interior - Kitchen
id20168
14
4
Photos -- Restaurant Interior -- Holiday Magazine Awards 1968
id20169
14
5
Photos -- Employees
id20170
14
6
Photos -- Customers
id20171
14
7
Photos -- Politicians and Celebrities - One
id20172
14
8
Photos -- Politicians and Celebrities - Two
id133275
14
9
Photos - 75th Anniversay - September 1980
id133276
14
10
Photos - Exterior
id133277
14
11
Photos - Ybor City
id20173
15
Photos
id20174
15
1
Photos -- Gonzmart, Adela pt. 1
id20175
15
2
Photos -- Gonzmart, Adela pt. 2
id20176
15
3
Photos -- Gonzmart, Adela pt. 3
id20177
15
4
Photos -- Adela's Gifts / Rocky Point Location
id20178
16
Photos
id20179
16
1
Photos -- Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 1
id20180
16
2
Photos -- Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 2
id20181
16
3
Photos -- Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 3
id20182
16
4
Photos -- Gonzmart, Cesar -- Publicity Shots
id20183
17
Photos
id20184
17
1
Photos -- Gonzmart, Cesar and Adela pt. 1
id20185
17
2
Photos -- Gonzmart, Cesar and Adela pt. 2
id20186
18
Photos
id20187
18
1
Photos -- Hernandez, Casimiro Sr.
id20188
18
2
Photos -- Hernandez, Casimiro Jr.
id20189
18
3
Photos -- Hernandez, Casimiro Jr. and Carmen
id20190
18
4
Photos -- Hernandez, Casimiro Jr. and Family pt. 1
id20191
18
5
Photos -- Hernandez, Casimiro Jr. and Family pt. 2
id20192
19
Photos
id20196
19
1
Photos -- Gonzmart, Richard and Casey
id20197
19
2
Photos -- Gonzmart Family
id20198
19
3
Photos -- Gonzalez-Martinez Family
id133036
King Cesar 1 Photo Album
Scope and Contents
White photo album entitled "King Cesar 1 St. Yago, 1974." Possesses photographs of Cesar Gonzmart's crowning as King of the Knights of St. Yago.
id133037
Cesar Gonzmart and His Orchestra Album
1948
Scope and Contents
8 x 10 black photo album.
id133038
Flower Photo Album
Scope and Contents
6 x 6 photo album featuring Adela Gonzmart.
id133048
Presentation of The Debutantes
1978
Scope and Contents
First of three photo albums. Red.
id133049
Presentation of The Debutantes
1979
Scope and Contents
Second of three photo albums. Red.
id133050
Presentation of The Debutantes
1980
Scope and Contents
Third of three photo albums. Red.
id133091
Visit of Prince Alfonso of Spain Album
1980
Scope and Contents
8 x 12 red photo album
id20199
4 Ephemera
id20205
20
Ephemera -- Matchbooks and Buttons from Las Novedades and Columbia restaurants
id20200
21
Ephemera -- Matchbooks -- National and International (Restaurants and Hotels)
id20201
22
Ephemera -- Matchbooks -- Florida
id20202
23
Menus and Assorted Ephemera
id20203
24
(Oversized) Images
id20204
25
(Oversized) Images


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Opened in 1903 and operated by the same family since 1905, the Columbia Spanish Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Florida and one of the largest Spanish restaurants in the nation. With humble beginnings as a café and saloon in Ybor City, the Hernandez and Gonzmart families expanded the business, first into adjacent space on its city block, and later opened restaurants around the state. The Columbia is most notable for how it evolved and adapted with the changing developments in Ybor City. Acquired by Casimiro Hernandez Sr. in 1905 from a Mr. Vasquez, Hernandez cultivated a solid business and bought the property in 1912. The Saloon Columbia quickly became the expanded Columbia Restaurant with the help of new partners (the Garcias of neighboring La Fonda Restaurant) at the onset of state and federal Prohibition laws. During the 1930s, the Columbia's Don Quixote dining room cashed in on the popularity of entertainment for dating couples, especially dancing to the accompaniment of orchestras and big bands. The dining room was the brainchild of Casimiro Hernandez Jr., who took over operations in the 1930s. During the 1950s and 60s, the Columbia became a regular stop on the Latin American entertainment circuit with the help of violinist Cesar Gonzmart, who joined the Hernandez family with his marriage to Adela Hernandez, daughter of Casimiro Jr. Cesars' focus on entertainment, publicity, and tourism helped maintain business while Ybor City slid into decline, and the Columbia gained a reputation as a "tourist trap." Breakfast service fell by the wayside in favor of more glamorous dinner shows. Middle American favorites such as hamburgers, pork chops, and steaks were added to the Spanish/Cuban menu, and Italian specialties were gradually phased out. Expansion began with a Sarasota Columbia in the 1970s, and outlets in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Harbor Island (all now defunct), St. Augustine, Clearwater/Sand Key, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, and Celebration. Adela Gonzmart and Ferdie Pacheco's Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook (University Press of Florida, 1995) brought acclaim in the mid 1990s. After the death of Cesar Gonzmart in 1992, his sons Richard and Casey took over the operations of the Columbia Restaurant Group. They continued to expand locations and renovated the Ybor City location's kitchen, finishing the multimillion dollar project as the 21st century began. The restaurant celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2005. The Columbia Restaurant Centennial Museum opened in a nearby property in 2004, showcasing the Gonzmart family's extensive antique collection until 2006.
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