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Richard Gonzmart Honored As One Of Two (DiRoNA) 2018 Hall Of Fame Inductees

TAMPA, Fla., May 20, 2018 -- Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) – one of the most prestigious associations for fine dining – today inducted Richard Gonzmart as one of its two 2018 Hall of Fame inductees, joining the ranks of the most celebrated restaurateur-philanthropists. Gonzmart is a fourth-generation “caretaker” of the Columbia Restaurant Group.

In 1990, DiRoNA took over the annual awards program from Holiday Magazine, which published from 1946 to 1977.

In Chicago, Gonzmart accepted on behalf of his grandfather, father and mother, all part of the 113-year-old family business.

The DiRoNA Hall of Fame was established in 1993 with the initial induction of 14 members. Since then, honorees have been selected and recognized annually. Nominees are solicited from the DiRoNA membership and chosen by the Executive Committee.

Candidates must have at least 25 years of service and have made significant contributions to the distinguished dining industry.

Previous Hall of Fame inductees include:

  • Drew Nieporent (Nobu and Tribeca Grill)
  • Robert Mondavi
  • Maude Chasen (Chasen’s)
  • Tom Margiattai (The Four Seasons)
  • Ralph Brennan (Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group)
  • Alan Stillman (Smith and Wollensky Restaurant Group)
  • Richard Marriott
  • H. Jerome Berns (The 21 Club)
  • Ella Brennan (Commander’s Palace)

The full DiRoNA Hall of Fame list is at


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The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurantSM. Additional Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida's town of Celebration, Columbia Café on the Riverwalk in Tampa and Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the founding family except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please see for more information.