USF Libraries

Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST PHYSICAL COLLECTION ITEMS FOR USE IN USF TAMPA LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS READING ROOM ( Related URL )
MISSING IMAGE

Material Information

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

Subjects

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

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:
usfldc doi - C61
usfldc handle - u29.216-c61-ead
System ID:
SFS0032031:00001


This item is only available as the following downloads:


Full Text
xml version 1.0 encoding UTF-8 standalone no
record xmlns http:www.loc.govMARC21slim xmlns:xsi http:www.w3.org2001XMLSchema-instance xsi:schemaLocation http:www.loc.govstandardsmarcxmlschemaMARC21slim.xsd
leader npcaa2200253 a 4500
controlfield tag 003 FTS
005 20140123111012.0
008 010101i1903xxeng##
datafield ind1 8 ind2 024
subfield code a C61
099
C61
3 100
Gonzmart Family
0 245
Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection
f 1903 -
300
18.70
Linear Feet
b (23 boxes)
506
None.
524
Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection, University of South Florida Special Collections Department, Tampa, FL.
541
Richard and Melanie Gonzmart
c Donation
d 2005
545
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 caf 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.
600
Gonzmart, Adela Hernandez
610
Columbia Restaurant (Fla.)
Columbia Restaurant (Fla.)
x History
Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago (Organization)
7 650
RestaurantsFloridaTampa
2 local
Restaurateurs
651
Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.)
4 856
u http://digital.lib.usf.edu/?u29.216-c61-ead


ead audience external eadheader langencoding iso639-2b countryencoding iso3166-1 dateencoding iso8601 repositoryencoding iso15511 scriptencoding iso15924 relatedencoding MARC21
eadid encodinganalog 856$u mainagencycode US-FTS countrycode US identifier ArchonInternalCollectionID:115 C61
filedesc
titlestmt
titleproper 245 Guide to the Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection
type filing Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection
author 245$c Finding Aid Authors: Andrew Huse, 2007.
publicationstmt
p © Copyright 2007 USF Tampa Library Special & Digital Collections. All rights reserved.
date 260$c publication normal 2007-00-00 2007-00-00
address
addressline 4202 East Fowler Ave.
LIB122
Tampa, FL, 33620-5400
URL: http://www.lib.usf.edu/
Email: rbernard@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-1622
Fax: 813-396-9006
profiledesc
creation 500 This finding aid was encoding in EAD by Archon 3.21 from an SQL database source on encoded 2014-01-23 January 23rd, 2014.
langusage 546 The collection description/finding aid is written in language 041 langcode eng English
frontmatter
titlepage
Guide to the Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection
1903 1903
publisher 260$b USF Tampa Library Special & Digital Collections
archdesc level collection inventory
did
head Overview of the Collection
unittitle label Collection Title Columbia Restaurant / Gonzmart Family Collection unitdate Dates 245$f inclusive 1903 -
unitid 035 Identification repositorycode C61
origination Creator
famname 100 Gonzmart Family source lcnaf role Collector Gonzmart Family
physdesc Physical Description extent 300 Linear Feet 18.70
Alternate Extent Statement 300$a 23 boxes
langmaterial Language of Materials
English
repository 852$b Repository
corpname USF Tampa Library Special & Digital Collections
4202 East Fowler Ave.
LIB122
Tampa, FL, 33620-5400
URL: http://www.lib.usf.edu/
Email: rbernard@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-1622
Fax: 813-396-9006
abstract 520$a Abstract Operated by the same family since 1905, the Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurants in Florida. With humble beginnings as a caf 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 Columbias 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 Pachecos 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 locations 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 familys 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
!--COLLECTION LEVEL METADATA: --
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 caf 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.
!-- CONTROLLED ACCESS SUBJECT TERMS
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 RestaurantsFloridaTampa
lcsh Restaurateurs
END
ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
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.
COLLECTION METADATA
BEGIN SUBORDINATE COMPONENTS
dsc combined
Detailed List of Contents
c01 series
ArchonID internal id20071
LABEL 1 Columbia Spanish Restaurant
c02 otherlevel
id20072
container Box 1
Historical Information to Locations Ybor City
c03 file
id20073
1
Folder 1
Historic Information
id20074
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 adn 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
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 Columbia Business News
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
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 SantYago
id20143
11
1
Krewe of the Knights of SantYago pt. 1
id20144
11
2
Krewe of the Knights of SantYago pt. 2
id20145
11
3
Krewe of the Knights of SantYago pt. 3
id20146
11
4
Krewe of the Knights of SantYago pt. 4
id20147
12
Krewe of the Knights of SantYago to Jesuit High School
id20149
12
1
Krewe of the Knights of SantYago pt. 5
id20150
12
2
Krewe of the Knights of SantYago pt. 6
id20151
12
3
Krewe of the Knights of SantYago pt. 7
id20152
12
4
Ballet Folklorico
id20153
12
5
Jesuit High School
id20163
3 Photographs
id20164
13
Photos
id20165
13
1
Photos Restaurant Exterior
id20166
13
2
Photos Restaurant Interior
id20167
13
3
Photos Restaurant Interior Kitchen
id20168
13
4
Photos Restaurant Interior Holiday Magazine Awards 1968
id20169
13
5
Photos Employees
id20170
13
6
Photos Customers
id20171
13
7
Photos Entertainment and Events
id20172
13
8
Photos Politicians and Celebrities
id20173
14
Photos
id20174
14
1
Photos Gonzmart, Adela pt. 1
id20175
14
2
Photos Gonzmart, Adela pt. 2
id20176
14
3
Photos Gonzmart, Adela pt. 3
id20177
14
4
Photos Adelas Gifts / Rocky Point Location
id20178
15
Photos
id20179
15
1
Photos Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 1
id20180
15
2
Photos Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 2
id20181
15
3
Photos Gonzmart, Cesar pt. 3
id20182
15
4
Photos Gonzmart, Cesar Publicity Shots
id20183
16
Photos
id20184
16
1
Photos Gonzmart, Cesar and Adela pt. 1
id20185
16
2
Photos Gonzmart, Cesar and Adela pt. 2
id20186
17
Photos
id20187
17
1
Photos Hernandez, Casimiro Sr.
id20188
17
2
Photos Hernandez, Casimiro Jr.
id20189
17
3
Photos Hernandez, Casimiro Jr. and Carmen
id20190
17
4
Photos Hernandez, Casimiro Jr. and Family pt. 1
id20191
17
5
Photos Hernandez, Casimiro Jr. and Family pt. 2
id20192
18
Photos
id20196
18
1
Photos Gonzmart, Richard and Casey
id20197
18
2
Photos Gonzmart Family
id20198
18
3
Photos Gonzalez-Martinez Family
id20199
4 Ephemera
id20205
19
Ephemera Matchbooks and Buttons from Las Novedades and Columbia restaurants
id20200
20
Ephemera Matchbooks National and International (Restaurants and Hotels)
id20201
21
Ephemera Matchbooks Florida
id20202
22
Menus and Assorted Ephemera
id20203
23
(Oversized) Images
id20204
24
(Oversized) Images