73 Shank Painter Road

73 Shank Painter Road (ca 1977), by Kelly Turner.

73 Shank Painter Road (ca 1977), by Kelly Turner.

Matthew Costa, from The Provincetown Banner.

Matthew Costa, from The Provincetown Banner.

Matthew Costa’s recreation and hospitality empire, centered on the Provincetown Golf Range, lasted four decades. The range and its companion 18-hole miniature golf course, near the intersection with Captain Bertie’s Way, have long since been redeveloped. But several traces remain, like the former Hole in One coffee shop, now Chach, at No. 73, and the former Dairy Land, at Nos. 85-87.

Costa (pictured) and Antone Duarte Jr. opened the range in 1959. It served as the setting of ham and turkey shoots (the targets were paper) by the Highland Fish and Game Club, of which Costa was president. Circus and carnivals were staged there. “Crowded dusty lanes surrounded by hucksters, Kewpie dolls, cotton candy, dangerous mechanical rides, and loud music,” Daniel Kearney recalled. In the ’70s, it was a go-kart course (pictured). A friend of Joel Grozier’s bought the karts from Costa in the ’80s. “We had great fun driving them all over the back roads of Truro until the cops put the squash on it,” Grozier told me. Costa died in 2002.

The Provincetown Advocate, 11 June 1959.

The Provincetown Advocate, 11 June 1959.

The Hole in One became the Donut Shop. Michael Trovato, the “Son” in the Joe & Son Appliance Center, bought this property from Costa in 1984. His wife Debra managed the front building as Kelsey’s Diner, named for their daughter. It was also known as the Town Diner until 2005, when the license was transferred to Viola “Chach” Briseno (left) and Sharon Bowes (right). Their restaurant, Chach, a favorite breakfast spot, has been praised by Yankee Magazine for its French toast.

73 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

73 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Chach Briseno, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Chach Briseno, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Sharon Bowes, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Sharon Bowes, by David W. Dunlap (2009).


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