TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 2, 2013 – All five Columbia Restaurants* in Florida are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and accepting reservations at www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted, pending availability.
“December’s typically balmy days and nights in Florida always reminded us of when we visited family in Cuba,” said Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation owner of the Columbia Restaurant Group. “At our home, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were always more relaxed and festive with a typical Cuban-styled holiday menu. And that’s what we recreate at the Columbia for our holiday menus.”
Locations include Tampa’s Ybor City, St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key in Clearwater Beach and in Celebration.
Christmas Day Features
On Christmas Day, two traditional Christmas features are offered, along with Columbia’s entire regular dinner menu, beginning at 11 a.m.
Roasted Lechon (pork) marinated with sour orange juice, garlic oregano and bay leaves. Slow roasted until the meat is tender and juicy. Served with Mojo, Yuca, Moros y Cristianos and Platanos Maduros.
Baked Virginia Ham
A traditional holiday favorite. Slices of baked sugar-glazed Virginia ham served with homemade mashed potatoes, candied yams, fresh vegetables and orange sauce.
Christmas Day features include a cup of one of Columbia’s world-famous soups or a fresh Caesar salad. For an additional $2.95, Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® can be substituted.
Adult dinners are $21.95, children’s dinners are $5.95
Christmas Eve Menu
Lechon Asado and Baked Virginia Ham also will be offered on Christmas Eve, but only at our Columbia Ybor City.
* The Columbia Café on the Riverwalk at Tampa Bay History Center will serve its regular menu until 5 p.m. on
Christmas Eve. The Café will be closed on Christmas Day.
* The Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport will not offer Christmas features, but will be open and serving from its regular menu.
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Media contact: Angela Geml at 813-248-3000, ext. 17 or a.geml@ColumbiaRestaurant.com