Brotherhood Of Thieves, Nantucket
May 25, 2023
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The Brotherhood of Thieves Riot of 1842 is remembered in the unique sign hanging above The Brotherhood restaurant on Broad Street in Nantucket. The figure featured there is of a minister with horns and a cleric’s collar – a bold reminder of the time. His right hand is clutching a mother and child in chains, while his left hand clutches a bag of money. The backdrop of the sign is a representation of the island with its windmill, skyline, and ship.

Nantucket’s environment of the Revolutionary War era was one of diverse beliefs and ideals – Patriots, Tories, and Quaker pacifists all coexisted here, yet failed to gain neutrality. This unique spirit of uncompromising independence, strength of character, and early American genius was personified in Benjamin Franklin, son of Abiah Folger of Nantucket.

The island also held a place for powerful women’s rights advocates, such as Lucretia Mott, the first president of the American Equal Rights Association, and Maria Mitchell, a pioneering woman in science.

Today, the spirit of rugged individualism, personal liberty, and fostering of eccentricity is still alive and well in Nantucket – especially at the Brotherhood of Thieves!

In 2021, the space was completely transformed to be better than ever. The menu is comprised of American dishes and is served in three distinct dining areas.

The 1840s Whaling Bar on the lower level is decorated with exposed brick walls and wooden beams, darkly stained furniture and rustic décor. The classic whaling pub downstairs offers traditional Brotherhood favorites as well as new additions.

Upstairs, the Notch Whiskey Bar and Cisco Kitchen & Bar offer upscale whiskey and surf-shack-inspired bites and sips. The menu offers a variety of craft burgers, specialty sandwiches and salads, entrées, specials and shared plates. Try dishes like the lobster BLT, the California burger, broiled scallops, roasted turkey pot pie or brotto poutine.

The beer garden patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal outdoors. The Brotherhood of Thieves also offers 10 local craft beers on tap and an array of wines and spirits.

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