Liz’s Cafe, Anybody’s Bar.
From the name (“Tip of the Cape for Tops in Service”) to the nautical décor to the satisfyingly good Portuguese food, Carreiro’s Tip for Tops’n was a throwback in every sense except its popularity. Ernest L. Carreiro (1908-1961), a native of São Miguel in the Azores, ran Anybody’s Market in this building until the early 1950s, when he opened Tip. The business was acquired in 1966 by Edward “Babe” Carreiro of New Bedford, who had skippered Jenny B, and his wife, Eva (Cook) Carreiro. It passed to their sons Joseph Carreiro and Gerald Carreiro, whose widow, Joyce, ran the business until the end, in 2012. Devon Ruesch renovated the property, keeping much of the décor, and reopened it as Devon’s Deep Sea Dive.
Adapted from Building Provincetown (2015).
Update 2016: Ruesch has since moved his Devon’s restaurant here from 401½ Commercial Street and modified the interior more extensively.
Update 2017: The restaurant is now in the hands of Liz Lovati, the proprietor of Angel Foods, 467 Commercial Street. It has been redesigned by Ken Fulk, the owner of 471 Commercial Street.
Thumbnail image: Photo of Tip for Tops’n, 2009, by David W. Dunlap.
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