Forgtmenot Family Opening ‘Little Chair’ Coffee Shop Beside its Monroe Street Restaurant

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 at 9:29 am by
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The Forgtmenot family, whose Division Street businesses have become well-respected among the community, is advancing to Monroe Street, as previously reported. In a big way. Monroe, as it’s called, will be a food-first restaurant serving a menu of southern European cuisine when it opens later this summer.

The concept, though, wasn’t born without some local controversy. There was a protracted battle at Community Board 3 earlier this year, both at committee and full board forums, where several Chinatown locals mobilized to block. In fact, even another local block association – Save Two Bridges – organized for the occasion. Much of the opposition levied was against the “colonization” of this piece of Chinatown/Two Bridges. That it would open the proverbial flood gates for other nightlife operators.

Team Forgtmenot also simultaneously prepared the adjacent space at 47 Monroe Street. It’s a “dry” venture, though – a coffee shop called Little Chair.

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Little Chair is a thirty-seat cafe big on sandwiches and coffee. It’ll be serving La Colombe brew and teas alongside a bite-sized menu consisting of, among other things, sandwiches, salads, spinach pie, grilled cheese, ham and cheese, croissants, and other baked goods (soft-serve ice cream coming soon). Decor is classic, boasting an exposed look with checkered floors, living room couch, and an old organ.

Opening day is next week. Probably June 8.

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Tentative menu:

Sandwiches
Classic Turkey Sub
Proscuitto Hero
Curry Chicken Salad Hero
Small Bite (proscuitto, bree, arugula, and apple jam on bun)

Croissants
Ham and Cheese (Swiss)
Turkey and Swiss Cheese

Bagels
3 kinds of bagels, toasted with cream cheese or butter and jam

Salads
Classic Caprese
Classic Caesar
Arugula Salad
Mellon

Classic Grilled Cheese on 7-Grain Bread

Fresh Spinach Pie (made daily)

Dessert
Homemade cheesecake

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