The Columbia Cafe On The Riverwalk At Tampa Bay History Center Adds Outdoor Covered Bar On Waterfront Patio
Includes Live Music On Weekends With Extended Hours

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 16, 2016 – – Enjoy outdoor seating and waterfront views at the expanded Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk at the Tampa Bay History Center.

The patio always had outdoor seating with tables and overhead umbrellas, but they weren’t sufficient shelter from rain or sun. A new canopy roof over the outdoor bar remedied that issue. The restaurant also added 40 seats in that area. The new setup also speeds service to guests dining outside.

Guests may order food for takeout at the outside bar. Beer and cocktails may be ordered to go and served in a special cup, which allows guests to drink legally along the 2.4-mile Tampa Riverwalk.

The Columbia Cafe offers a full bar and serves lunch and dinner daily. The indoor dining room has a scaled-down version of the original mahogany bar at the Columbia Ybor City, built more than a century ago in 1905 by the Brunswick Company. The Cafe proudly serves locally brewed craft beers on tap including Big Storm Brewing Company, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 3 Daughters Brewing Company, Coppertail Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing and Hidden Springs Ale Works.

The Cafe features live music outside on the patio every Friday from 7-9 p.m., and on Saturday from 5-11 p.m. Extended hours run to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For additional entertainment, outside TVs have been added around the bar.

Guests arriving by boat may dock at Garrison Channel outside the Tampa Bay History Center at one of eight tie-ups.

The Columbia Cafe opened in February 2009, and is part of the Gonzmart Family of Columbia Restaurants, owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation family members. The Columbia Cafe is at the Tampa Bay History Center, on the Riverwalk, next to the Amalie Arena, and within walking distance from the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown, the Tampa Convention Center and the Florida Aquarium.

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, Twitter and Instagram. Please see for more information.  

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