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Journeys of Discovery: Fifth generation restaurateur takes us inside Florida’s oldest restaurant

Thomas Wilmer
Correspondent Jennifer Simonson (left) and Andrea Gonzmart at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Florida.

Correspondent Jennifer Simonson takes us inside Florida’s oldest restaurant. Simonson visits with Andrea Gonzmart, the great, great granddaughter of Ybor City’s iconic Columbia Restaurant's founder. The family patriarch was a Cuban immigrant who opened the restaurant in 1903 to feed the cigar rollers on their way to and from work.

Come along with Simonson to discover the history behind some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, how what started out as a small corner cafe in 1903 turned into a restaurant with 15 dining-rooms that takes up an entire city block. Gonzmart also shares her thoughts about the future in the restaurant world, along with her description of the essential ingredients in the iconic “Cuban” sandwich.Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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