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