This kind of success is not surprising given the wealth of knowledge she inherited from her legendary family. Her great-grandfather, Manuel Garcia, was a part-time owner of the famed Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s historic Cuban district, Ybor City, and her highly regarded father, Manuel Garcia III, founded fine-dining favorites Pebbles, Harvey’s, and Manuel’s in Orlando, which is a four-diamond establishment.
Gina and her husband Mike continued the family legacy with three restaurants of their own in The Villages. City Fire American Oven and Bar restaurants is in Brownwood Paddock Square and Lake Sumter Landing, and the newly opened Honest John’s Whiskey and Provisions occupies the former TGI Fridays at Lake Sumter Landing.
Her weekly 30-minute show features the county’s diverse dining options.