Ronald M. "Ronnie" Boals is something of a legend in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
In 1967, a 23-year-old Boals opened his first restaurant, and went on to open Mount Pleasant's very first casual dining eatery. Over the years he has opened a number of restaurants throughout Shem Creek and Charleston as well.
To honor Boals the City of Mount Pleasant will hold a ceremony June 2 during which a sign at the intersection of Mill and Church streets, near Shem Creek and Coleman Boulevard, will be unveiled — and that sign will read "Ronnie Boals Boulevard."
The ceremony will be conducted by Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Paige. “Having known Ronnie Boals my whole life, I cannot think of a more deserving person to receive such an honor,” Paige said.
Mount Pleasant Councilman Paul Gawrych agreed.
“As a lifelong friend of the Boals family and resident of Mount Pleasant, I’m honored to be able to attend such a special dedication to someone who has done so much for our community, the restaurant business and Shem Creek,” he said.
Boals was born and grew up in Charleston and is a 54-year veteran of the restaurant industry. He recently received the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and a scholarship bearing his name was established in 2013 at the Culinary Institute at Trident Technical College.
The June 2 ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a party at Boal's Shem Creek restaurant, R.B.'s.
“This is a complete honor and I truly appreciate the town of Mount Pleasant. They have given me a lot over the years,” Boals said.