Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant
 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-12-29-36-pmAt this table, in this room
sat all walks of life:
cigar makers, cigar smokers,
cigar box makers, All of
Ybor City mingling in
mixture of tongues, creating
Tampa every day, every meal.

Chinese influence met Spanish
back in the kitchen. Salteado
and much more filling mouths
that spoke Spanish, Italian,
German, Yiddish, and English.

Tuxedoed waiters
swirl dancer-like between
tables in unending succession
bearing delight and grace
time and time again.

Now the world comes
to the Columbia to savor
the splendor of Ybor City.


Contributed by: Arthur Turfa, a second-generation American who has lived in several states and in Germany. Originally from Pennsylvania, he now lives in the Midlands of South Carolina. His poetry reflects his travels, people he has met, and his careers in the Church, education, and the military. His first book of poetry, Places and Times, was published by eLectio Publishing in 2015. Currently he is editing a second book of poetry. He has been published also in various US and international publications. You can read some of his work right here! BloggerFacebook

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  1. The Chaos Realm

    September 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Aw, the Columbia (homesick)–there’s one in Sarasota, too, on St. Armands. LOL It used to be so unsafe in Ybor City that even if you were fully capable of defending yourself, you didn’t walk around alone. It’s so weird to see what it’s turned into.

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