Pal’s Restaurant officially closed June 30, but it hosted family and friends for a farewell evening July 1. There were no tears while this reporter was there but plenty of nostalgia and gratitude, along with some sadness. For owner Ronny Ware, it was still a work night, in the midst of lots of greetings. There was no ordering off the menu – rather, as promised, the kitchen cooked up a bunch of food and put it out buffet style for people to enjoy. But there was Ware, making sure there were enough sternos under the trays to keep the food warm – but not too hot.
“We’ve had an onslaught of loyal customers. I’m humbled, I’m very, very humbled,” said Ware. “I’m going to miss every one of these customers.”
Read more about Pal’s HERE.
I’m really sad to see Pal’s go away. I didn’t go there near often enough but when it was chow time and the name Pal’s came up, there was never any doubt that it was the place in East Greenwich for old Townies to get together for a good meal and conversation. And you would usually find enough locals there to have a “meeting.” In East Greenwich we are used to losing friends and buildings due to the passing of time and “progress.” But we seldom mourn the passing of businesses. We mourn the passing of Pal’s because it was more than a business, it was a tradition. Not overjoyed at the condos that will replace it. The protections in place for the protection of the village are not working very well.
So true, Alan. We’ll miss Pal’s as we miss so much of EG that “progress” is destroying while rationalizing it it improving our history.
Sorry to hear… I remember Pal’s from the ’30s era. Lived directly behind them and they were friends as well as good food providers. Every so often my mom would hand me a kettle and told to go down to Pal’s and fill it with spaghetti and meatballs. Don’t forget, they had a store also, quite small and was facing the street corner, useful for penny candy and gum. On family trips from Texas we would plan a dinner there in the restaurant. Nice but just not the old, familiar pre-war (WW2) times.
We will miss it ! About a dozen or so of us from the class of 58 would meet there once a month in the winter months. Plus taking all out of town old EG guests and relatives there for a trip down memory Lane. Will miss it. Hate seeing more condos replacing our history. Hope it doesn’t look like a prison like so many of the new ones do.