TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 15, 2014 – Ulele, the latest addition to the Gonzmart Family of Restaurants, was named one of Florida’s “Best New Restaurants” by Florida Trend magazine in their annual Golden Spoon Awards edition.
Chris Sherman, Florida Trend’s restaurant editor says:
“The Gonzmarts turn a century-old riverfront waterworks into a Columbia for a new century. Hip, modern interior, but ingredients as old and local as the landmark restaurant: Florida frog legs and beef-gator-game chili and gator/datil hushpuppies and house-brewed beer. Must: Fried ice cream and candied duck bacon.”
Ulele is the creation of Richard Gonzmart, 4th generation family member and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group in Tampa, Florida. The restaurant is open daily, serving lunch and dinner.
Ulele is named for the daughter of a legendary Native American chief. The restaurant and Ulele Spring Brewery serve unique foods and spirits by fusing elements from a rich variety of Native American and multicultural influences, including those of European explorers.
The menu features items indigenous to this area’s waters and farms. Ulele is just north of downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights. It anchors the north end of the Tampa Riverwalk, 400 yards from the David. A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, and sits next to the city’s new Water Works Park. It’s the site of a former City of Tampa Water Works building.
The Columbia Restaurant was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s Oldest Restaurant℠. Locations include the flagship restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City, 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 Cafe on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe 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 or www.Ulele.com for more information.
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