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Sunrise walk on Lido Beach followed by 1905 Lunch at Columbia Restaurant

This is an annual event for the 5 Columbia Restaurants to celebrate their 108th Anniversary. They will roll back prices to 1905 for their most well-known food, such as the Chicken and Yellow Rice, 1905 Salad, Spanish Bean and Cuban Black Bean Soups, Sangria,  and Flan.

 Meet at Columbia Restaurant on St. Armand's Circle at 7 AM. They will give out one number to each person in line. They don't open until noon, and will seat patrons at that time by their numbers. I was told that they can seat 300 people at one time, but this is such a popular event, that we need to be there early to get numbers together for seating at the same time. NO RESERVATIONS are allowed on this date only.

 

This article in the Orlando paper yesterday explains the event: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-09-11/entertainment/os-orlando-restaurant-news-20130911_1_75th-anniversary-closest-columbia-celebrates

 

After receiving our numbers, we will walk on Lido Beach and/or swim, then  return to Columbia for our 1905 lunch.

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  • janet

    Thanks Diane for all of your planning! Had a wonderful time!!

    September 22, 2013

  • Rosemary S.

    It was a GREAT morning: walk, sidewalk/waiting conversations, and lunch! So nice to get to know each other better.
    Thanks, Diane! However, I ate WAY too much. I think I'll go take another walk.

    September 22, 2013

  • janet

    Wonderful!!

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The 7 most-adventurous walkers ever showed up this morning at 7 AM...we were first in line, but bad info on the number dispersing time...so we were off for a beautiful sunrise walk at Lido Beach. Afterwards, we adjourned to Starbuck for a bathroom break and I had a Pumpkin Muffin...by 9 AM the lines at Columbia had begun and we set up camp. We were among the first in the door at 11 AM (they opened early).

    September 22, 2013

  • Bev

    I am *SO* sorry! I overslept this morning. I hope everyone is having a great time!

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to meeting you all for the walk, providing I can find my way! Good thing traffic is light at the hour. I tend to try and look at everything as I pass-so much to discover and learn.
    I will not be attending the lunch.

    September 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We will be standing on line at Columbia to get our seating numbers at 7 AM. After that, we will adjourn to walk Lido Beach, so don't know exactly what time we will get started walking. If you want to join us at the Columbia, we will be socializing as we wait.

      September 21, 2013

  • Margaret E

    I'm an early riser and this sounds fun! We meet at 7 am at the St. Armand's Columbia to wait in line together, then walk/swim, then return to the St. Armand's Columbia at noon to eat? Just wanted to be sure because there are comments referring to dinner and the Ybor City Columbia ...

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You have it correctly, Margaret. We plan to do another event at the Columbia in Ybor City at another time.

      September 18, 2013

  • Rosemary S.

    I love to walk the beach at dawn. I'll be there at 7:00am, although I have to leave earlier to drive from Venice (AARGH!) and find something to do until noon...an adventure!!

    September 17, 2013

  • janice r.

    After seeing seven am that is a bit to early for me. I am a late bird. Sorry.

    September 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You are not alone 7AM kind of a stretch for many and did I read correctly? that just to get a number, than come back at NOON? 5 hours latter. Sorry Di.

      September 17, 2013

  • jOHN H. O.

    Let's rock 'n roll! Not just woofin'!

    September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just hit a snag for this awesome event. I called to make the reservations just now, and they take NO reservations for that one day. They said people begin lining up at 7 AM, and numbers for seating are passed out at that time....so, we may just change this to an early morning walk after lining up for our numbers... and they don't actually open until noon. One number per person in line is allowed. What do you say now?

    September 13, 2013

    • janet

      Ok what time??

      September 13, 2013

    • Bev

      I'll be there, bright and early!

      September 15, 2013

  • Regina v.

    I dicided not attending the Columbia rest , it is too early for us

    September 14, 2013

  • Mabel H.

    Hey, I get up early (have for years) and I will be there at 7:00 and find this to be a one-time adventure; get up and lets go ... FUN and thankxxx to Diane for all her energetic work ... How lucky we are for her major contribution

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the need in change of time, but this is a one-time event each year, creating an opportunity for those of us who are truly early birds to get out there. The beach will be beautiful, I am sure. And the food is definitely worth the early rise. THIS IS AN ADVENTURE!

    1 · September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ybor City Columbia Restaurant will definitely be dinner.

      September 14, 2013

  • janet

    I'll be there at 7:am!

    September 14, 2013

  • janet

    Thanks for the info

    September 14, 2013

  • Larry N.

    I opted out as well, the extra early morning, with the drive to be there by 7AM, to save a little money on food, isn't worth it. The only thing I get up that early for is shark tooth hunting.

    September 14, 2013

  • Julie B.

    Will pass...perhaps something to schedule another time since it is a great restaurant.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stay tuned for an October jaunt to the original Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, which will include a stroll around Historic Ybor City before dinner and a Flamenco Dance Floor Show after dinner.

    September 14, 2013

  • janet

    How will I know the group??

    September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We will probably be the only GROUP of people standing in line together...and I will be holding a foil balloon.

      1 · September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You early birds can get the worms. Too early for me.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, is it 7am as stated above or 5pm as the email says:
    1905 Dinner followed by sunset walk on Lido Beach
    Sarasota Walkers Meetup
    Added by Diane Lapointe
    Sunday, September 22, 2013 5:00 PM

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. too early for me.

    September 13, 2013

  • janet

    How will I know the group??

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We need to ALL meet at Columbia at 7 AM, stand in line to get a number, then we can leave until noon. I will go for a walk from the Circle down to Lido Beach. Everyone is invited to take the early walk with me. You might want to bring beach gear and swim until time to go back to Columbia.

    September 13, 2013

  • janet

    Should we go at 7 or as a group!!

    September 13, 2013

  • Julie B.

    Had lunch there a few weeks ago and it was terrific!

    September 13, 2013

  • Larry N.

    A traditional 1905 dinner, will that be beans, gator tail, and corn bread? :>)

    September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You got the "beans" part right, Larry...only it's Black Beans.

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is an annual event at Columbia Restaurants which celebrates their founding, so will require advance reservations, especially for a large group. Please RSVP for this by 9 PM Wednesday, Sept. 18 and I will close them at that time.

    September 13, 2013

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