85-87 Shank Painter Road

85-87 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

85-87 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Debra and Clement Silva.

Debra and Clement Silva.

Susan Baker's mermaid, 85-87 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Susan Baker’s mermaid, 85-87 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

If you think of this drive-in as Mac’s Provincetown (run by Mac and Alex Hay of Wellfleet), you’re new in town. If you think of it as Townsend’s (successor to Chris Townsend’s shack on Fishermen’s Wharf), you’ve been around. If you think of it as Clem & Ursie’s, once the hottest dining spot in town, you’re a veteran. If you think of it as Dairy Land or as Matt’s — Matthew Costa’s roadside joint so memorably depicted by Joel Meyerowitz — you’re probably a native. You may even remember when this lot was a miniature golf course. Costa sold the property in 1998 to Clement and Debra Silva (pictured), children of Clement and Ursula (Quade) Silva. They imported the bar from Cookie’s Tap, to which they were connected through their brother, Gary. Among the artists whose work graced Clem & Ursie’s was Susan Baker, whose marine creatures (pictured) were its graphic signature.


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