The NRN 50: Beating the odds

The NRN 50: Beating the odds

Columbia Restaurant, founded by the Gonz-mart family in Tampa, Fla., in 1905, has survived challenging times that included two world wars, Prohibition and the Great Depression. But today, the ability to thrive as an independent restaurant in an industry increasingly dominated by better-financed chains may be the biggest challenge of all.

Richard Gonzmart, great-grandson of Columbia founder Casimiro Hernandez Sr., presides over

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