Columbia Restaurant Group provide prepared meals for staff, launches staff assistance fund

Exterior of a historic restaurant in Ybor City
Photo via Columbia Restaurant Group

Businesses owners, residents, and community leaders are coming together in incredible ways to support those effected by the COVID-19 pandemic. No restaurant has a greater legacy in the state of Florida than The Columbia, and the restaurant group operates several concepts throughout the region, and Sunshine State.

The Columbia Restaurant Group’s street-side restaurants are closed to the public after the state mandate that dine-in restaurants close. While the doors are shut, the Restaurant Group is working hard to make sure its team is fed.


Preparing meals for nearly 900 staff members

Richard Gonzmart and chef with the Restaurant Group, in partnership with Gordon Food Service Store, have been preparing and providing meals for its nearly 900 staff members. This is in addition to providing meals for first responders.

With the help of business friends who believed in the restaurants (including La Segunda Central BakerySSANaviera Coffee MillsGordon Food Service Inc, and even Mr Greens Produce) the Columbia Restaurant Group is raising ample funds for its staff. These local businesses are buying gift cards and providing product and supporting fundraising efforts through sales of Columbia Restaurant gift cards online.

The Columbia is Florida’s oldest restaurant

The Columbia in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM. Additional locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport.


All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family; except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost.

You can follow Columbia Restaurant Group on its website and Facebook for updates.


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