Columbia Restaurant Group Looking To Open New Location on Fort Myers Waterfront

art-of-olympiansLess than 24 hours after the closing of the Olympians museum on Hendry Street, Richard Gonzmart, owner of the Columbia Restaurant was scheduling a tour of the 14,000 square foot property that used to be the Art of the Olympians.

Randy Henderson, the Mayor of Fort Myers said on Wednesday that he felt pretty sure that the city would find a new tenant for the building.

The Art of the Olympians meseum was started by Olympian Al Oerter in spring of 2008. Many Olypians have visited the museum, but according to Henderson the $5 admission fee just wasn’t enough to keep it going. Lee County has given the museum nearly million dollars in advertising money since it opened it’s doors in 2008 helping to get them off the ground.

The artwork will continue to be displayed at various galleries across the United States and abroad.

The Columbia Restaurant will be a perfect addition to help Fort Myers continue to be the culture-rich city that so many people love. And with Fort Myers real estate making a strong comeback in 2014, the new restaurant should have a great chance to be successful.

Colombians in America

The Columbian American ethnic groups constitutes the most largely populated South American ethnic group in the US the first generation of immigrants from Columbia arrived in the United States pre-1960 are not usually considered as being part of the Columbian-American community as they identify only as Americans. Those who arrived post-1960s however, are considered as belonging to both Columbia and the United States, and their population is increasing at a rapid pace.This includes both legal as well as illegal immigrants who cross the border without papers. Majorities of affluent Columbian Americans live in Miami and New York City, while the less affluent and illegal populous is more or less scattered around Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Among the many causes of this vast migration from Columbia to the United States, is violence in the home country, and poverty. Many Columbians have sought sanctuary in the US after facing human rights violations in their own countries, especially post-Civil War in 1948, and the economic crisis of the 1960s during which a number of them sought American citizenship. Others are poor and are seeking employment, a lot of which is available in the US since paperless immigrants are paid less than minimum wage standard recommendations. Some prefer moving to the US to complete their education and improve their standard of living. As compared with a daily wage or minimum wage earner in Columbia, the most minimum wages earned via a job in the US will help support immigrants and their often-vast families.

A majority of the Columbian American population is based in South Florida, with 300,414 citizens of Columbian American descent, followed by 141,879 in New York City. It is unclear at present as to how many paperless immigrants are living in the United States since they cannot be accounted for.