TAMPA, Fla., July 19, 2013 – Columbia Restaurant Group has earned six TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence awards for their Columbia Restaurants located in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Celebration and Columbia Café at Tampa Bay History Center on the Riverwalk, Tampa.
The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“As Florida’s oldest restaurant, we proudly celebrate our 108th anniversary this year, but we never forget that we are only as good as our last meal. We are delighted that our guests have selected our family of Columbia Restaurants for TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence award,” said Richard Gonzmart, 4th generation family member and president of Columbia Restaurant Group.
Columbia Restaurant Group’s newest location, Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport has not been listed on TripAdvisor long enough to qualify for the Certificate of Excellence. This location has an overall rating of four, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor.
About Columbia Restaurant Group
The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurant. Additional locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s town of Celebration, the Columbia Café on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Café 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. Please see www.columbiarestaurant.com for more information.
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