March 28, 2019

Historic photos of Tampa's Columbia Spanish Restaurant, Florida's oldest eatery

They say it's a milestone when a restaurant makes it past its first year, but it's something entirely different when you've been around for over 100 years. Established in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr, the Columbia Spanish Restaurant in Tampa's Ybor City is literally the oldest restaurant in Florida, and remarkably, it is still owned by the same family. A dining and entertainment landmark, over the years the Columbia has attracted some of history's biggest names, like Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano, Marilyn Monroe and Liza Minelli. Here are a few photos highlighting the restaurant's massive impact over the last 114 years.

Photos via Florida Memory

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Interior view of the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, 1963
Interior view of the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, 1963
Published in 1968
Published in 1968
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Publish date unknown.
Published in 1938
Published in 1938
Published in 1968
Published in 1968

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