Columbia Restaurant Group Temporarily To Close All Restaurants In Accordance With State Executive Order

March 20, 2020 - Effective immediately following an executive order from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Columbia Restaurant Group will temporarily close all its restaurants, including the Columbia, the Columbia Cafe, Ulele, Cha Cha Coconuts and Goody Goody until further notice.

“We’re taking this step to comply with Gov. DeSantis’ order and to protect the health of our guests, our team members and our 115-year-old company,” said Columbia 4th generation caretaker Richard Gonzmart. “It's absolutely the right thing to do. As hard as this is, it’s the only way forward. With drastic measures now, we’ll be able to reopen and come back strong. Fortunately, we have history, experience and resources that will help us get through this. At the Columbia, we have survived World War I and II, Prohibition, the Depression, Urban Renewal and we’ll survive this, too, by making tough decisions now.

“We look forward to welcoming you back once this medical crisis passes.”

Now including 13 restaurants in Florida, the Columbia Restaurant Group started with the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Ybor City, which opened in 1905. The restaurants are owned and operated by the 4th and 5th generations of the founding family.