Get in on ‘theGround,’ the New Indoor Soccer Pitch on Monroe Street

Posted on: June 18th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Monroe, the restaurant on its eponymous street beneath the Manhattan Bridge, is no longer. The indoor sanctuary of greenery – that veritable forest – is now sanctuary to something different altogether. A sanctuary to sport.

The southern Mediterranean eatery shut shop back in February after less than two years and is now officially reborn. It’s gone from restaurant to rubble to astro-turf in a matter of a month.

Word on the street is that the Forgtmenot family is behind an intriguing new indoor soccer concept called theGround.


The former glass warehouse houses a half-court style pitch (70-by-30-foot) in the back with professional-grade turf surface that accommodates 4-on-4 play. The field is available by the hour for private games, gatherings, and kids birthday parties. There is also youth soccer training in the works.

Toward the front, customers can also purchase food concessions from all three family restaurants (Kiki’s, Sherman’s, Forgtmenot), pizza, and beer.

Like many a soccer player, the layout follows the mullet ethos – business up front, party in the rear.

In the end, though, theGround is about embracing the culture of soccer, providing youth programming for the community, and serving as a social space for those who love the beloved game.

No word just yet on official opening date. But next month is a good bet.

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