Featured Restaurant: Brotherhood of Thieves
by C. Oscar Olson
A lot has changed on Nantucket in the past few years, some for good and some for not. But we like to focus on the good. This is why we couldn’t wait to take a seat at the all-new Brotherhood of Thieves revisualized restaurant.
Located in the heart of town on Broad Street, this island hotspot gets its name from the title of an 1844 pamphlet written on Nantucket by Stephen S. Foster. In in, he derides those who continued to support the institution of slavery while the idea of abolition was catching fire across the country. Nantucket has long been a diverse and welcoming community, and that spirit thrives at The Brotherhood.
The menu at Brotherhood has been overhauled in the best way. With loads of staples like satisfying sandwiches, burgers, and cool summer salads, sushi has also made its mark for 2022. The selection isn’t intimidating and there is absolutely something for everyone of all ages at the table.
More than just the menu is new, there are two reimagined and unique spots to sit and sip this summer. The upstairs level is bright and refined and features dramatically different concept bars. On the one side you’ll find The Cisco Surf Bar: easygoing and fun, enjoy your favorite local beer, cocktails, and sushi, along with live music 7 nights a week. On the other side, The Notch Whiskey Bar, is cozy and classic. It boasts a lengthy list of spirits full of your favorites (including, of course, its namesake: Cisco’s top-rated Notch) and a wide variety of rarities.
On the first floor, find your classic tavern vibe and the Brotherhood that longtime residents and visitors so loved. Low ceilings, low light, and exposed timber conjure feelings of the island’s whaling days. There’s a bar here, too, along with so many seats and tables to fit your friends and family.
Our favorite spot by far at Brotherhood is the outside beer garden. It’s breezy, shady, and you bet there’s a fourth bar to belly up to, or you can relax in the sun or under cover of shade. It was a steamy day outside for all of us, so we happily took a table under the tent and were immediately greeted by our superb server, Juan, who was attentive without hovering.
The Brotherhood of Thieves is a rare spot on Nantucket: affordable and eclectic with a vibe for every tribe at any time of day. We will definitely be back before summer comes to a close.
The Brotherhood of Thieves
serving continuously from 11:30 am; bar open till midnight
Different menus in each of the Brotherhood’s 4 concepts
Beer Garden Dinner burgers & entrees range in price from $18.50 to $38
indoor & outdoor dining • handicap accessible • full bar