The Columbia creates a private label spirits line honoring first and second generation family members of Florida's Oldest Restaurant. Don Casimiro ... More
The Columbia creates a private label spirits line honoring first and second generation family members of Florida's Oldest Restaurant. Don Casimiro Classic Silver Rum was created to honor Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the "Don" of the Hernandez-Gonzmart generations who founded The Columbia in 1905. A fun-loving man, Don Casimiro soon became known for his foresight, generosity, kindness to strangers, good food and love of a great rum. 1929 ushered the second generation into the business, led by Casimiro, Jr., who carried on the dream and passions of his father. Chacho Bourbon Whiskey was created to honor Evelio "Chacho" Hernandez, the youngest son of Casimiro Hernandez Sr. Chacho roasted coffee for the family business for over 55 years. Chacho, which is short for "muchacho" or "the kid," was known for his youthful warmheartedness and zest for life. But his love of bourbon sometimes surpassed his love of roasting the best coffee in Ybor City. Chacho was legendary for the countless batches of coffee that burned while "enjoying" his whiskey at the Rex bar across the street from The Columbia. In fact, the coffee roaster caught the restaurant on fire so often that the family decided it was time to move Chacho and the mill to the corner of 21st St and 7th Ave., and built a firewall to protect the family business.