– About Our Namesake –
Nearly four centuries ago, Isaac Allerton first set foot on Plymouth. It
is for this man that our restaurant is named.
Allerton has a rather colorful history. The first Assistant Governor of
the colony that would later be Massachusetts, he had been appointed to
that position by Governor Bradford, who recognized Allerton’s keen
Allerton was legendary even in the 1600’s. His unique abilities made
him the logical choice to be sent back to England. On several occasions,
to solicit the necessary monies to keep the new colony running.
History suggests that Allerton didn’t fit into the mold of the 1600’s,
at least not entirely. Shrewd he was, but a typical pilgrim he was not. His
business scheming and somewhat irreverent attitude toward religion brought
about disfavor with one-time friend, Governor Bradford. Eventually,
Allerton was asked to leave the colony.
Centuries have passed since Allerton roamed this area. But the 1990
opening of Isaac’s on the Waterfront has brought Isaac back home. We
think that Isaac, who was years ahead of his time, would approve of having
a restaurant named after him, here in his favorite “stomping grounds.” You
can almost see him looking over the sea and planning his next trip back to
England – or his next business venture.
Another local landmark, to our immediate south, is the Governor
Bradford Hotel. Wouldn’t Isaac chuckle over the irony, that four hundred
years after the split-up, the two are neighbors once more.