175 Bradford Street Extension

175 Bradford Street Extension, Dairy Queen, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project (1987).

175 Bradford Street Extension, Dairy Queen, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project (1987).

Elmer Silva, courtesy of Provincetown High School.

Elmer Silva, courtesy of Provincetown High School.

Dairy Queen matchbook, courtesy of Salvador R. Vasques III.

Dairy Queen matchbook, courtesy of Salvador R. Vasques III.

Joe “The Barber” Ferreira opened “probably the only Dairy Queen franchise in America that served kale soup,” Amy Whorf McGuiggan wrote My Provincetown. It replaced the Wagon Wheels diner, run by Alfred “Fall River” Perry. The D.Q. was later owned by Elmer Silva, principal of Provincetown High School, who employed students like Yvonne Frazier, now a professional opera singer in Europe. It morphed into Silva’s Seafood Connection, run by Paul Silva and his brother, David Silva, a proprietor these days of the Red Inn. After turns as LiCata’s and the Beach Grill, it was razed by Victor DePoalo to make way for condos and Victor’s restaurant.

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