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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.

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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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Event Manager Destini Rodriguez

With a background in sales and marketing, Destini joined our opening team at Monroe to focus on building our community relations and our events program. She transitioned to working in the food and hospitality industry four years ago, with a resume that includes McGregor’s Greens, Ben & Jerry’s, and the GreenH2Ouse (a hydroponic produce company).  Her passion lies in sustainable dining, which she has seen gain traction in Orlando with its farm-to-table restaurants, urban farming, and local partnerships of restaurants and farmers. When not at Monroe, Destini is a devoted gardener. You can often find her enjoying her local harvest with her new kitten, Nugget.

Assistant Manager Rachel Besser

Rachel has over a decade of restaurant experience and was a part of our opening team at The Monroe. Before Good Salt, she spent the majority of her career working in the Park Ave area of Winter Park, FL. She most recently spent four years at Hamilton’s Kitchen in The Alfond Inn, and opened Proper & Wild as the lead server. She is passionate about food and wine, and her favorite spirit is Mezcal. Rachel’s main goal in the future is to continue working towards being a strong example of LGBTQIA+ leaders in hospitality, particularly for the trans community. In her personal time, you can catch her analyzing astrology charts, watching Real Housewives, and listening to a variety of music.

Coffee Manager Molly Ward

Molly is the creative genius behind our coffee and tea program at Monroe, and she’s always working on a new, tasty (and hopefully caffeinated) beverage. Molly moved to Orlando to pursue her double bachelor's in Nursing and Clinical Psychology. She’s been working in coffee shops around town since, and joined our team for our grand opening. Her favorite beverage of choice is Oolong tea, and she's always willing to dive into a conversation about beverage, be it coffee, tea or mocktails. When not at work, you can find her surfing, drinking Oolong tea or planning her upcoming wedding.⁠