Columbia Restaurant Group Donates More Than $167,000 In 20th Annual Community Harvest
More Than $2.2 Million Donated Since 1998


TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 3, 2017 – The Columbia Restaurant Group donated more than $167,000 to more than 100 local non-profit organizations throughout Florida with the 20th annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest. Since the program began in 1998, the Columbia has given more than $2.2 million to non-profit organizations throughout Florida.

“We are proud to be able to contribute to the many worthy organizations that assist so many in our great state,” said Richard Gonzmart, 4th generation family member and president of the Columbia Restaurant. “All of our restaurants were closed from four to five days when Hurricane Irma was threatening and then hit parts of Florida. This loss of revenue hurt our ability to donate even more. Despite that, we are happy to announce that we have reinvested of more than $167,000 from this year’s Community Harvest to more than 100 non-profit groups throughout Florida. The basis of the Columbia Community Harvest has been our family's philosophy of living each day with passion and purpose by helping others, as we have since the Columbia was founded in 1905.”“We are proud to be able to contribute to the many worthy organizations that assist so many in our great state,” said Richard Gonzmart, 4th generation family member and president of the Columbia Restaurant. “All of our restaurants were closed from four to five days when Hurricane Irma was threatening and then hit parts of Florida. This loss of revenue hurt our ability to donate even more. Despite that, we are happy to announce that we have reinvested of more than $167,000 from this year’s Community Harvest to more than 100 non-profit groups throughout Florida. The basis of the Columbia Community Harvest has been our family's philosophy of living each day with passion and purpose by helping others, as we have since the Columbia was founded in 1905.”

The Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program gives to the communities that have supported the family business for more than 112 years.   Through this annual September program, the Columbia Restaurant donates 5% of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to charitable organizations chosen by the guests. All seven Columbia Restaurants participated: Tampa’s Ybor City, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Celebration, near Orlando, Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk at the Tampa Bay History Center and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport.

The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is now Florida’s oldest restaurant.  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. Please see ColumbiaRestaurant.com for more information.  

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Contact:  Angela Geml at 813-248-3000 ext. 17 or a.geml@ColumbiaRestaurant.com