Ybor City [Tampa], Florida]: [the restaurant], [circa 1935].
Small stapled booklet (10 x 6 cm.), 30,  pages. Advertisements. Index. Illustrated. Evident FIRST & ONLY EDITION. A promotional cocktail book, with recipes as well, from the oldest restaurant in Florida, and one of the oldest and largest Spanish/Cuban restaurants in America. A tip of the hat is given to the bartender, "Genial" Tony, who is indicated as the compiler. A single illustration, of a woman raising a glass, is signed by the illustrator in the print, "Com Cut". The cocktail recipes include a Napoleon "Columbia", Jack Rose, Caribe, Orange Blossom, Conchita "Columbia", Abbey Cocktail, Gin Ricky, Absinthe Frappe, Bull-Dog, Daiquiri Cocktail (Real), Presidente Cocktail, Dry Martine Cocktail, Oriente, Seventh Heaven, and others. Culinary recipes include Black Beans, Yellow Rice and Chicken, and Spanish Bean Soup. Opened in 1903, and owned by the same family since 1905, the Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in Florida. The original name, "Columbia Saloon", was dropped with the onset of Prohibition in favor of the more neutral Columbia Restaurant. After Repeal, the Columbia reinvigorated its bar business and added entertainment, becoming a regular stop for Latin American entertainers and touring musicians. The archives of the restaurant and of its owners, the Gonzmart family, are held at Florida State University. The interior and back panels of the wrappers include advertisements for Mr. Old Boston Fine Liquors, Tropical Ice Cream and Sherbert Company of Tampa, and wines from Spain's Castel del Remey. The front wrapper panel, printed in black and blue, features a Spanish galleon. Stapled in wrappers, with a small smudge to rear panel, otherwise near fine. Unrecorded. [OCLC locates no copies; not in Noling, Beverage Literature; not referenced in any way online].