Columbia Restaurant Group Adds Joseph T. Doyle, Hung Pham, And Mark Rodriguez To The Corporate Office Team
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TAMPA, Fla., May 12, 2017 – – The Columbia Restaurant Group has added Joseph T. Doyle, Hung Pham, and Mark Rodriguez to the corporate office team.

Joseph T. Doyle joins as director of operations, Italian concepts. Doyle has more than 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Before joining the Columbia Restaurant Group, he was a managing partner in a successful restaurant consulting firm for several years. His entrepreneurial experience ranges over several facets of the hospitality industry, including ownership of several unique restaurants and Italian markets. Doyle also has worked as food and beverage director at several upscale hotel chains.

Hung Pham joins the team as facilities construction and maintenance manager. Born in Saigon, Pham came to the U.S. in the late 70s as a boat refugee. He studied architecture, urban planning and art history at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He served as a Peace Corps Urban & Regional Municipal Development Volunteer in Danli, Honduras from 1999-2001, helping local leaders develop strategic plans for their communities’ public projects. He practiced architecture in the beautiful city of San Francisco designing Greek Orthodox churches and public capital improvement projects. In 2007, he relocated to the Tampa Bay area and most recently worked for the Hillsborough County School District managing construction projects.

Mark Rodriguez joins as Columbia Restaurant Group’s wine and beverage manager. A fourth generation Floridian, Rodriguez comes from a grocer/food producer/restaurant family. His family started the family restaurant Villa Nova in Central Florida in 1948. The self-proclaimed restaurant brat graduated from UCF grad majoring in psychology and music. Rodriguez has been a wine broker for small California boutique wineries, a chef owner (Jordan’s Grove in Central Florida, – American cuisine based on local and sustainable food) and, more recently, has managed supplier wine and distribution for both domestic and imported companies across the eastern US, working closely with growers, winemakers, key accounts and distributors.

The Gonzmart Family of Restaurants consists of five concepts including the Columbia, Cha Cha Coconuts, Ulele, Goody Goody™ Burgers and Café con Leche Ybor City.

The Columbia was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM. Locations include the flagship restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City, with additional locations at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Celebration in the Orlando area, 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.

Cha Cha Coconuts opened in 1989 on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota.

Ulele opened in 2014 on the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights. A second location opened at Tampa International Airport in March, 2017, and is operated in partnership with SSP America.

Goody Goody™ opened in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village in 2016. A second location opened at Tampa International Airport in March, 2017, and is operated in partnership with SSP America.

Café con Leche Ybor City is the newest member of the Columbia Restaurant Group and opened at Tampa International Airport in March, 2017. It is operated in partnership with SSP America.

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