The oldest restaurant in Florida will reopen in Ybor City in June

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

The Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in the Sunshine State. With more than a century of serving hungry residents and tourists, its earned a reputation as a must visit spot. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the restaurant shut down operations to the public. In that time it crafted thousands of meals for free for its staff.

READ: Tampa shuts down 7th Avenue in Ybor City to help restaurants expand capacity


At long last The Columbia will reopen. The owners announced that the historic restaurant will reopen on June 1. We can finally satisfy our picadillo and paella cravings. Yes, the restaurant has provided amazing videos on how to prepare their most famous recipes at home, but it’s just not the same.

The Columbia Restaurant Group’s other concept, Uele in Tampa Heights will reopen to the public on May 20. That same day, the Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center will reopen.

READ: Beloved Clearwater restaurant, Cafe Ponte, closes for good


Goody Goody, another historic concept in the CRG, is open for curbside pickup — and I think we could all use a stack of their sweet potato pancakes.

The Columbia Restaurant is located at 2117 E 7th Avenue in Ybor City.


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