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Monroe Opens in Cambridge With Daily Pies and a Nightclub

The kitchen has started churning out moules frites.

Nightclub space at Monroe
Nightclub space at Monroe
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A Central Square club and restaurant venue has returned with a new identity. Monroe replaced Naga and Moksa in Central Square (450 Massachusetts Ave.), and the kitchen is serving up a whole new menu.

Leading Monroe's new direction as a provider of contemporary American cuisine is executive chef Youssef Boujena, formerly Sel de la Terre, OM, and more, as previously reported.

Monroe, self-described as the "intersection of food and entertainment," features items like fried calamari, sweet pork tacos, salads, potato croquettes, burgers and sandwiches, and a selection of elaborate entrees. Don't forget the chef's pie of the day, either, along with a handful of other desserts.

While the new menu at Monroe has an American-style leaning, the ambiance of the club portion adopts some ancient Egypt vibes, complete with a sphinx head and hieroglyphic accents — and an invitation to "let the mystery begin." Owners Solmon and Rokeya Chowdhury implemented this new fusion of the two spaces, bringing together pieces of dining, entertainment, and lounging, with the hope of "creating the next evolution of nightlife," as their partner Brig Dauber said.