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Princess Ulele makes her debut at namesake restaurant

The princess is back.

Richard Gonzmart and other members of the family that owns the Columbia Restaurant Group on Wednesday presided over the unveiling of a statue of Princess Ulele, who lived in the Tampa area in the 1500s and who legend says threw herself over 17-year-old Juan Ortiz to save him as he was about to be roasted alive in revenge for previous battles with European explorers.

The 7-foot-tall, 500-pound bronze statue by artist Vala Ola of Cave Creek, Arizona, now presides at the entrance to the Ulele restaurant that the Columbia Restaurant Group recently opened, next to a rehabilitated freshwater spring and lavishly remade city park.

From staff reports

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