Whether you embrace the Old Colony Tap as a vestige of true Provincetown or avoid it as a dive, you can’t deny it’s a landmark, founded in 1937 by Manuel Cook and run since 1955 by the Enos family. It was once the Ocean Breeze Restaurant. By 1944, Cook had moved the Old Colony here from No. 321. Leonard Edward “Lenny Blue” Enos Sr. and Herman Janard took over in 1954. James Wingate Parr helped decorate it, as did fishermen who brought in curios. In 1962, Enos annexed the old Pilgrim Club out back (323½ Commercial) and turned it into the Rumpus Room. It no longer stands. Lucia “Lucy” (Bocanfuso) Enos ran the tap after her husband’s death. Their son Leonard Jr. does now. Victor Powell’s Workshop, upstairs, is the studio of the town’s last resident sandal maker, Victor Powell, whose customers include Michael Kors and Seán Cardinal O’Malley.
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