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New restaurant honoring Orlando civil rights pioneer opens in Creative Village

ORLANDO, Fla. — If you enjoy a taste of history when you’re dining out, there’s a brand new option for you in Orlando.

The Monroe officially opened Tuesday. Click here to see inside.

Photos: The Monroe opens in Orlando’s Creative Village

Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Regina Hill were on hand to help celebrate.

The first full-service restaurant in Downtown Orlando’s Creative Village, The Monroe boasts a nostalgic menu and retro decor.

The restaurant’s concept was inspired by Dr. William “Monroe” Wells.

Wells, one of Orlando’s first black doctors, also built a hotel in 1926 for African-Americans barred from segregated hotels.

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That building now houses The Wells’ Built Museum in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood.

Dr. Wells passed away in 1957, but the owners hope to help carry on his legacy as a civil rights hero.

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The Monroe is located on North Terry Avenue near West Amelia Street. Scroll below for a map.

Click here for more information on location and hours.

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