Even neighborhood grocery stores summon history in Provincetown. The East End Marketplace is a descendant of the Patrician Shop, which was opened in 1949 by Cyril Patrick — he of Patrick’s News Store — and his wife, Philomena “Phil” (Jason) Patrick, who was also his partner in the Noel Shop. With Manuel Cabral’s Bonnie Doone and Basil Santos’s Captain’s Galley, the Patrician was one of the first big commercial enterprises on Bradford. It was a general store, but with Eva Perry as cook, its lunch counter gained a reputation as having the best Portuguese soup on Cape Cod, Peter Manso said, as well as a mean lobster roll and a good old-fashioned banana split. After an interim as TeddySea’s Market, it became the East End. Furthering its local legacy is a bird’s-eye view of the Cape tip, painted by Harvey Dodd in 1968, a detail of which is pictured above.
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