The Hernandez/Gonzmart family opened the landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Today, it’s Florida’s Oldest Restaurant℠ and the world's largest Spanish restaurant.
The Kings Dining room offers private dining and a dance floor for special events such as banquets and ceremonies. Portraits of past and present Kings & Queens of the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago of Gasparilla hang on the walls.
The fraternal order of Sant’ Yago, the famous order to which the Brotherhood of the “Caballeros” of the Royal Order of St. James is dedicated, played a powerful part in the history of Spain. It is an order so devotedly believed in since well before the ninth century that it has moved men to accomplish incredible deeds. The fraternal order of St. James began when St. James the Greater, one of the 12 Apostles, came to Spain to preach the Gospel.