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20 Mar Columbia Celebrates 20 Years of Catering Success in Cyprus

Starting off in 1998, Columbia Restaurants Company Ltd set off to be one of the leading chains dominating the food industry on this iconic island. Fast forward 20 years, the unstoppable company is continuing to expand with 9 businesses under the belt, 11 stores and over 350 employees proudly working for the organisation.

But how did one restaurant turn into a nationwide sensation? To celebrate this milestone, we’ll start from the beginning; taking you on a journey of how Columbia became a staple in Cyprus’s catering industry.

In 1998, Schoeller Holdings established this restaurant division with the exclusive franchise to operate the well-known Italian restaurant PizzaExpress. With a passion for quality food and the creativity to produce captivating dishes, came the birth of another niche concept, Marzano, offering a unique twist on Italian cuisine.

Following from the famous pasta, pizza and grill chain, the ever-growing business decided to expand its wings in 2008 and dive into a multipurpose centre that is ideal for any celebration – the unique Columbia Plaza Centre.

This extravagant centre located in the old town of Limassol caters to all your needs. If you’re in need of a coffee fix, the Plaza Café will curb your caffeine withdrawals whilst you enjoy the very finest Illy products in a peaceful and cosmopolitan outdoor courtyard.

Come the afternoon, if you fancy grabbing a quick and freshly made lunch (and we really mean quick), you can visit La Boca, which delivers quality meals in less than 15 minutes from the time of ordering.

Alternatively, you can wine and dine in the award-winning Columbia Steak House and treat yourself to premium cuts of beef that will melt in your mouth. Once you’ve tickled your taste buds, you can head to the sophisticated 7 Seas bar to dance the night away with the very best DJs in town.

If on the other hand, you want to hold a private event – we’ve got you covered with our sleek venue centre. It’s a popular choice for weddings, christenings, parties and training days (being certified by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus).

If you want a real taste of the Greek cuisine, just doors away from the Plaza sits the very authentic Avli Tou Vasilea with it’s charming and breath-taking courtyard. This restaurant will truly take you back to your roots with unique twists on the most popular meze’s, and live music (on Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s) for a true Greek experience.

In the spring of 2017, Columbia expanded it’s footprint and opened the charismatic Columbia Beach. This trendy restaurant by day, bar by night is located on the stunning seafront of Limassol. It boasts special grass areas with sandpits and exclusive sunbeds on the beach. This unique concept can be enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the year, with mouth-watering brunches and delicious dinners.

As a group, we work hard to make sure that we cater to all our customer’s needs. We don’t stop delivering quality food at just our restaurants, with the development of the centralised kitchen and warehouse facilities the company has the capabilities to supply to many other establishments across the island.

We source the very best ingredients for all our businesses and train our staff to ensure they deliver only the very best service. Each concept is designed with the customer in mind and is inspired with real enthusiasm and passion for the food and catering industry.

Having achieved so much in 20 years, it’s unimaginable what is yet to come for the Columbia Restaurants group. One thing’s for sure- we will always continue to strive for full customer satisfaction.

08 Dec We are hiring! – Digital Marketing Assistant

Digital Marketing Assistant

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate who will be part of the Marketing team, responsible for implementing the online sector of the marketing strategy for a number of restaurants. The chosen candidate will execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and maintain and supply content for the organisation’s website(s) and social media pages (Facebook & Instagram).
Candidate must be enthusiastic about the field of digital marketing & remain up to date with the latest digital trends. Fluent English reading and writing is a must, Greek also preferable.

Daily Tasks

  • Schedule digital marketing campaigns
  • Follow through on a social media strategy
  • Maintain the organisation’s website(s)
  • Update content on websites and social networking accounts including Facebook and Instagram
  • Responsible for fixing and updating changes or issues in online content
  • Oversee online advertising placements
  • Prepare email newsletters
  • Identify and share with the marketing team new trends in digital marketing
  • Engage with the public through social media and ensure visitor flow to digital sites.
  • Weekly social media schedules and planning.

Key skills

  • Editing and writing skills: You need to devise and edit content for various digital platforms. Writing posts will be an integral part of the job
  • Speaking skills: You will need to be able to explain coherently to others, who may not be familiar with the medium, how digital technologies work and what their marketing application is.
  • Organisation Skills: You will be managing a number of pages and scheduling and planning will be a key part of your daily work.

Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in marketing (or a professional marketing qualification) with relevant experience and/or knowledge of digital marketing

Benefits

We offer 13th salary, medical cover & provident fund

Do you have what it takes?

CV’s to m.onoufriou@columbia-restaurants.com

24 Oct Happy World Pasta Day at La Boca, Columbia Plaza

World Pasta Day is here, and to celebrate the day it will be all about pasta at La Boca. On Wednesday 25th October at La Boca for those with a taste for trying something new, you can enjoy a special pasta recipe which the chef has created just for the day. Choose from dishes such as fresh papardelle with beef cooked in red wine with porcini mushrooms and fresh herbs or fresh tagliolini verde with prawns, limoncello and a saffron creamy sauce for that real taste of Italy. Of course for those who just can’t resist a classic, enjoy one of La Boca’s pastas from their menu, from carbonara to bolognese. La Boca is known for it’s freshly made pasta made daily in store in all shapes and forms. To celebrate this day even further they will be donating to charity, for every pasta dish sold on Wednesday 25th October €1 will go to the Dr. Yiota Demetriou Dancing Queen Foundation. Just another reason to enjoy pasta on that day!

26 Jul Columbia Beach – the newest member to the Columbia Restaurants group

It is noticeable more and more that Limassol has developed into the best and most cosmopolitan city in Cyprus. This is mainly due to the enjoyable quality of the everyday lifestyle, the culture the city holds and the high corporate investment that has been made into making the city evolve into a hot destination. One of these contributing companies is Columbia Restaurants. Columbia Restaurants, responsible for the Columbia Plaza (La Boca, Columbia Steak House, Venue Centre, Plaza Cafe, Avli Tou Vasilea & 7 Seas) & PizzaExpress in Limassol & Marzano restaurants in Larnaca and Nicosia, has become a major contributor to the gastronomy and entertainment sector of Limassol, with a very impressive newest addition to the group, Columbia Beach.

From the moment you set foot at Columbia beach, you are amazed! The modern architecture and beautiful set up of this new seafront, all day venue is simply unique! What is most intriguing is that project is made up of 5 departments; the magnificent and alluring bar, the stunning outdoor pool, the unique grass area with its luxurious sunbeds, the restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and of course the sunbeds along the public beach.

At Columbia Beach you can relax on the comfortable sunbeds from morning to evening whilst enjoying tasty treats from the snack menu. Alternatively, start your day at the cosy bar or by the pool and find your spot for the rest of the day. For indulgence later in the day dive into the signature cocktail list created by the in house mixologist whilst listening to great music beats brought to you by the resident DJ. With special nights and events, there are music styles to entice everyone. If visiting the restaurant, you will find a menu of wide selection to cover all tastes; from hot and cold appetisers, fresh salads, homemade soups, meat, fish, sushi, pasta and risotto and not forgetting the final touch of homemade desserts and ice cream creations. A value for money destination that you can visit 365 days a year, this beachside venue remains open during winter waiting to welcome you into its beautiful bar as well as the restaurant with its fireplace to set the mood and quality food which you can enjoy whilst admiring the beautiful, endless sea view. Columbia Beach offers everything you could desire from a seafront venue!

26 Apr PizzaExpress New Tastes!

Summer is almost here, and so is our new PizzaExpress menu with irresistibly delicious dishes! Join us at PizzaExpress Limassol & Paphos and taste our new Bresaola e Pere, the flavorful Zapparrolli Pizza or our heavenly Red Velvet dessert! Look out for our Superfood dishes also added to our menu. For more new & tasty options view our menus here

07 Apr Run for a Cause – Limassol Marathon & PASYKAF

19th of March and an enthusastic participant of the Limassol Marathon raises a €500 donation. Columbia Restaurants was the proud sponsor and supporter of one of our own family members, Nicos Hadjiyerou, restaurant manager of Avli Tou Vasilea, as he took on the challenge of completing the Limassol Marthaon. 40km in 4 hours was no easy task, but with the determination to finish and the knowledge of support which led to a donation being made to PASIKAF, The Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients & Friends, Nicos had a target. It is a great honour to be able to sponsor such an achievement and offer some help to an organisation that goes over and beyond to support cancer patients & friends of those diagnosed. 

14 Feb This is Pizza Day at La Boca, Columbia Plaza

Celebrating International Pizza day at La Boca, Columbia Plaza. We surprised a special customer by telling them that today their pizza was on us! We also ran a competition entered by everyone who ate pizza that day with the winner winning a voucher for the Columbia Plaza. Not forgetting a special thanks to Choice FM who joined us for a live airing of their 12:00-14:00 show. A fun day filled with music, prizes and lots of pizza! We can’t wait till next year!

06 Feb Valentine’s Day at the Columbia Restaurants

With the Columbia Restaurants you are spoilt for choice this Valentine’s Day with something to satisfy all tastes for that special evening with your loved one. At the Columbia Steak House you can enjoy a 4 course set menu in the stunning atmosphere that is perfect for special winter nights. If you’re looking for something in Nicosia or Larnaca, look no further than our Marzano restaurants which offer a delicious 3 course menu accompanied by a bottle of wine or if you’re in Limassol or Paphos looking for a more casual evening, PizzaExpress with it’s set menu is just what you are looking for. For something a little different for Valentine’s Day, why not try our Greek taverna, Avli Tou Vasilea for a special meze with live music entertainment. Whatever you are looking for, Columbia Restaurant’s has just the thing. For more info: Columbia Steak House, Avli Tou Vasilea, Marzano, PizzaExpress

30 Jan Celebrating Pizza Day at La Boca

It’s International Pizza Day! This February on the 9th, we celebrate ‘International Pizza Day’ at La Boca with some pizza giveaways, surprises and Live Link entertainment from Choice FM. For the whole of this week, we will be surprising some of our customers who order pizza by giving them their pizza for free! One lucky customer will be chosen each day. For the big celebrations on the 9th of February, customers can enjoy listening to Choice FM as they air their 12:00-14:00 show from La Boca. Enjoy free pizza tastings of new recipes and have a lunch time with a difference! The fun & pizza tasting will continue throughout the day so stop by any time. Happy Pizza Day! For more info follow us on Facebook or call 25 278020. 

19 Jan Healthy Specials at La Boca

As the new year begins, so do the new diets and at La Boca we are here to kickstart your new healthy eating plan. The latest addition to our fresh, fast & fun restaurant La Boca at the Columbia Plaza, are our Healthy Specials. A selection of specially selected refreshingly fresh flavoured dishes to leave you feeling guilt free. Try our Pera ala Grilia salad, a salad mix of baby spinach, grilled pears, goji berries, goat’s cheese and roasted pistachios or there’s always our Salmon Di Fileto, oven baked and served with quinoa, pumpkin, courgettes and a mint and chilli sauce.. delicious! Perfect for a fresh, fast & fun lunch break. For more info follow us on Facebook or call 25 278020.