TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 17, 2014 – Ulele, the new concept from the Gonzmart Family of Restaurants, has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. The list of winners is derived from more than 5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“This is a great honor, especially because Ulele has only been open since Aug. 26,” said Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation co-owner and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group. “I want to thank all of the Open Table reviewers who put us on this very exclusive list.”
“This is the result of a lot of hard work by everyone at Ulele – friendly, dedicated and energetic people in the kitchen and on the floor who strive tirelessly to give each diner an experience to remember and to share. That certainly also includes our Managing Partner Keith Sedita, Executive Chef Eric Lackey and our Brewmaster Tim Shackton. What’s really exciting to me is that I think Ulele can still get better, and that’s our goal.”
Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between Dec. 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2014, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores.
The complete list includes award winners in 32 states and Washington, D.C. New York has the greatest number of winners with 12, followed by California and Florida with eight each. Ulele is the only Tampa restaurant.
There are 35 repeat winners from 2013 and 65 new honorees.
“This year’s Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Restaurants in America are providing unforgettable dining experiences time and again, and we are thrilled to acknowledge their continuous pursuit of culinary excellence,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer.
For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, please visit http://www.opentable.com/m/best-restaurants-in-america/
Ulele is named for the daughter of a legendary Native American chief. The restaurant and Ulele Spring Brewery is located on the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights, serving 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. The restaurant is open daily, serving lunch and dinner.
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.
OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 15 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 700 million diners around the world. The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.
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Media Contact: Angela Geml at a.geml@ColumbiaRestaurant.com or 813-248-3000, ext. 17.