Boulevard Diner’s long run in Mt. P. comes to end

The Boulevard Diner closed this week after 16 years in Mount Pleasant.

After 16 years, a popular restaurant in Mount Pleasant is now closed and will have a new owner.

The Boulevard Diner at 409 W. Coleman Blvd. served its last meal earlier this week and is expected to be sold Thursday, according to Andrea Parco of Dining With Sal restaurant group.

She said she could not announce the buyer because the sale had not closed yet, and she did not know of any plans for the property.

Dining With Sal, owned and operated by Sal and Andrea Parco, will continue to own and operate The Mustard Seed, Long Point Grill and Village Bakery, all in Mount Pleasant. She said renovations for all locations are planned by the spring.

She also said Uno Mas, a former Mount Pleasant restaurant operated by Dining With Sal that closed in 2012, is being sold. The buyer for the Johnnie Dodds Boulevard property will be announced later.

Would you like the “Chillary” or the “Trump” or some other candidate-named treat?

A new specialty ice-cream sandwich shop in downtown Charleston wants customers to vote with their taste buds before the upcoming South Carolina presidential primaries and simultaneously help homeless veterans.

Peace Pie at 223 Meeting St. recently opened and is offering “Peace Pie Primary” specials through Feb. 27, with half the proceeds going to help homeless veterans, said owner and operator Joe Klause.

The family-operated business offers layered treats with various cookies, fillings and ice-cream flavors. Cost is $6 each, tax included.

Klause selected the two Democrats and five top Republicans running for president and named sandwiches after them in advance of the Feb. 20 GOP primary and the Feb. 27 Democratic primary in South Carolina.

On the Democratic side, customers can choose the all-chocolate “Chillary,” for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; or the chocolate mint “Bern,” for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

On the Republican menu, offerings include the new classic chocolate and vanilla “Jeb,” for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; the salted caramel apple “Cruz,” for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; the all-chocolate “Kasich,” for Ohio Gov. John Kasich; the Key lime pie “Rubio,” for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; or the tart cherry cheesecake “Trump,” for Donald Trump. Several other flavors are available as well.

Klause said he chose the flavors based on his research of what treats the candidates liked or an item linked to them. Proceeds will go to Carolina Homeless Veterans Inc.

A longtime dining business in West Ashley has closed near another large shuttered storefront: Ryan’s at 829 St. Andrews Blvd. shut its doors Feb. 4.

The restaurant was one of two the company closed in South Carolina. The other was in Lexington near Columbia. Ryan’s in Summerville remains open.

Once based in the Upstate, Ryan’s was acquired by Food Management Partners in August and the decision was made to close 74 underperforming restaurants.

“Based on ongoing assessments of individual restaurants, it is necessary to shutter locations for the continued viability of the brands and our employees,” said Peter Donbavand, vice president of business development.

The darkened Ryan’s sits adjacent to a former Food Lion grocery store, which closed in 2013. The restaurant site is owned by an affiliate of Spirit Realty Capital, according to property records. The company did not respond to requests for comment.

A home decor shop is relocating to the Upper King Street area of downtown Charleston.

Ro Sham Beaux will open Friday at 493 King St. after previously being at 39 Broad St.

A ribbon-cutting is set for 5 p.m. for the locally owned lighting and furniture shop owned by Ann Yancy.

A Florida-based smoothie and sandwich restaurant is planning a second location in the Lowcountry.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe has signed a franchisee agreement for a new restaurant in Charleston, but the location has not been decided. It will be owned and operated by RL Investments, made up of local entrepreneurs Marc Rodenbaugh, Alex Corbishley, Lawrence Rodenbaugh and Kevin Lawler.

Tropical Smoothie is planning to develop five additional cafes in the Charleston region over the next few years. It has a shop on Daniel Island.

Cupid will bring a little more love to retailers this year for Valentine’s Day.

Americans expected to spend a total of $19.7 billion, or $147 each, this year on flowers, jewelry, candy, apparel, cards and other items to mark the Feb. 14 occasion, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s 3.2 percent more than last year, which saw a 6 percent boost in sales.

Second Sunday on King Street falls on Valentine’s Day this year along with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Visitors can shop and stroll 1-5 p.m. as the street is blocked to vehicles from Queen to Calhoun streets.

The Restoration Hotel will have a presence at Wentworth and King to invite visitors to its new retail store, coffee shop and rooftop dining room, The Watch.

Mellow Mushroom at 309 King St. will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a party from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday called “2001: A Pizza Odyssey.” It will include a DJ, laser light show, ice luge, late-night slices, drink specials and a costume contest with a $100 grand prize.

The shop is owned by Michael Shemtov, Johnny Hudgins and Joshua Broome. They have other restaurants in West Ashley and Summerville and will soon open a fourth location near Tanger Outlets in North Charleston.

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding?

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.