Coopers Pub & Restaurant
His name was Juan Batista Rogers Cooper. The year was 1839.
An Englishman, born on the island Aldernay in 1791, became a sea captain, adventurer, ranchero and pioneer of the first order. In the year 1839, “John” Cooper, Captain of the schooner, California, relinquished command to settle down in Monterey and open a general merchandise store. A shrewd businessman, who put together a series of land grants stretching from Big Sur to Sonoma County. John was both charismatic and entrepreneurial, with a dual personality based on his love of both land and sea. His nickname, Don Juan El Manco (“one-armed John”), came as a result of losing the use of his left arm during a knife fight in his youth. His prominence in Monterey led him to help the infamous mountain man, Jedediah Smith, avoid jail in 1846, when California was moving towards statehood just prior to the Gold Rush of 1849.
150 years later, John Cooper’s story inspired another Englishman, also named John, to bring to Cannery Row a special love and knowledge of the English pub business. After exploring the original refurbished Coopers Molera Adobe, just up the street from Cannery Row in downtown Monterey, fascinated by the Cooper story, he has dedicated Cooper’s Pub to preserving the original J.B.R. Cooper’s adventuring spirit with authentic, hearty food and robust beverages that in so many ways capture the heritage of Old Monterey, Old England and the legacy of John Cooper himself….adventurer, sea captain, and ranchero.