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Creative Village, Downtown Orlando

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ABOUT US

The fourth unique concept of Good Salt Restaurant Group, The Monroe boasts 4,000 sq feet of dining and entertainment space in Creative Village, Downtown Orlando. Chef Josh's menu serves nostalgic, childhood favorites in the airy, midcentury space with a main dining room, bar, lounge/study, and daytime coffee shop. 

We seek to capture the spirit of Orlando's rich history in our decor, menu, and community involvement as we share this new restaurant with our guests in the heart of Creative Village.  The Monroe is inspired by Dr. William "Monroe" Wells and his hospitable spirit as a civil rights leader and iconic figure in Orlando's history.  We are proud supporters of the Wells' Built Museum in the historic Parramore neighborhood, which provides an insightful and inspiring look into Orlando's African American heritage and Dr. Wells' legacy.  You can read more about Dr. Wells HERE.

Whether you join us for a cocktail, coffee or chef's dinner, we hope to share the best of Orlando's hospitality with you. 

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OUR

TEAM

We're proud to employ some of the best hospitality professionals that Orlando has to offer.

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Executive Chef Josh Oakley

has been a mainstay of the Central Florida culinary scene since 2000, working in many notable restaurants including Ravenous Pig, Cask and Larder, Rusty Spoon, and co-founding as chef-owner The Smiling Bison in 2013, which had locations in both Orlando and Sanford. Most recently he held the position of executive chef at 1921 Mount Dora. His signature modern comfort flavors are beloved in Orlando and inspired by his frequent visits to Asheville, where he makes as many pitstops as he can to enjoy fried chicken and biscuits.  Chef Josh recently completed the James Beard Foundation's Boot Camp for policy and change in the spring of 2021 to support good food and positive change in the Central Florida culinary community.

General Manager Amanda Wissig

has been in the Orlando hospitality industry for over 15 years. She considers herself an Orlando native, growing up in Dr. Phillips and Ocoee. With a resume that includes Emeril's Tchoup Chop and opening Artisan's Table, she has an extensive background and dedication to guest service. She most recently joined Good Salt in 2020 as part of Reyes Mezcaleria's team and was quickly recognized for her leadership and passion to cultivate the guest's experience.  When not at The Monroe, you'll find her at home with her husband, two children, four cats, one dog, and thirty houseplants.

Beverage Director Shawn Newman

hails from Winter Park, Florida.  Found behind the bar at Prato, Bitter & Brass, The Guesthouse, and The Robinson Cocktail Room in downtown Orlando, Shawn channels his competitive attitude towards bartending and parenthood. While raising his 7-year-old daughter, Shawn is also a World Class Bartender with more than 12 years of experience in the service industry and plenty of competition exposure. He has competed in Diageo’s World Class in three consecutive years, Bacardi Legacy Global Competition, Woodford’s Manhattan Experience, Heaven Hill’s Bartender of the Year, Star of the Bar, various local competitions, and most recently, being named a Top 50 bartender in the United States by World Class for the second time in three years. 

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PRESS

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Orlando's Living Room: The Monroe  Brooke Fehr, Orlando Magazine

 

"As I walked through the front door—you can’t miss it, flanked by greenery and topped with a cool, flashy, retro sign—I was immediately struck by the beautiful decor, and how it softened the industrial space, with its high ceilings, wall of windows and exposed ductwork. As with sister Good Salt Group restaurants, Seito Sushi, The Osprey and Reyes Mezcaleria, the space is stunning."

The Monroe in Creative Village is a paradigm of modern comfort, in design and cuisine

  Faiyaz Kara, Orlando Weekly

 

"Jason and Sue Chin, the power couple behind some of the most well-received restaurants in the city have arguably wielded the most influence [on Orlando's restaurant scene]. Their latest, the Monroe, isn't just their most accessible, it's their most fetching, and if you've been to Seito Sushi, The Osprey and Reyes Mezcaleria, you know that's saying a lot."

Things are peachy, literally, at The Monroe in downtown Orlando   Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel

 

"The latest in the portfolio of Orlando restaurateurs Jason and Sue Chin of the Good Salt Restaurant Group, it features the stylish flair we’ve all come to expect... and a menu that executive chef Josh Oakley says centers on a common theme: fun."

 

New restaurant named for Orlando civil rights activist opens downtown    Thomas Mates, WKMG Orlando

 

"Jason Chin, the co-owner of the Good Salt Group, said he wanted to showcase some of Orlando’s history with the Monroe.

“We wanted to make sure that we definitely honored that,” Chin said. It’s very Florida-themed, very Orlando-themed kind of a homage to Orlando and the history that we have here and particularly in this neighborhood. That’s something that we wanted to preserve in the Parramore neighborhood which is why we named the restaurant the Monroe."