GR|MAG’s Top 10 Stories of 2018

The Commons waiting area.

As 2018 comes to a close GR|MAG took a look back at the stories that drew the most eyeballs during the past year. Here are the top 10 most read stories.

7 Most Romantic Spots in Grand Rapids

Cygnus 27 dining room
Cygnus 27 dining room

While February 14 could be considered Cupid’s Super Bowl, Grand Rapids has plenty of options for the romantically inclined all year. Planning your next date night? Looking to cozy up with your partner? We’ve narrowed down the choices to these seven romantic spots in town. Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll check it out ourselves (with a plus one, of course).

Pal’s Diner Reopens Under New Moniker

Pal's Diner is now Dan's Diner, named after new owner and chef Dan Chudik.
Pal’s Diner is now Dan’s Diner, named after new owner and chef Dan Chudik.

The former Pal’s Diner has been renamed Dan’s Diner and will reopen before the end of the month.

Meijer Gardens Announces Summer Concert Series Lineup

Meijer Gardens outdoor concert series. Photo by Tony Norkus
Meijer Gardens outdoor concert series.
Photo by Tony Norkus

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is bringing 31 concerts to Grand Rapids this summer as part of its Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens series.

Main Street BBQ Opening Express Location

Main Street BBQ Express
Main Street BBQ Express

After three years in Lowell, Main Street BBQ is opening its second location and there may be others to follow.

Grandwich Contenders Narrowed to Top 10

Blue Dog Tavern Sweet Hot Mess Grandwich 2018
Blue Dog Tavern Sweet Hot Mess Grandwich 2018

Grand Rapids is one step closer to crowning this year’s Grandwich.

Birch Lodge Reopens After Near Devastating Fire

Birch Lodge owner John Jermstad.
Birch Lodge owner John Jermstad.

The night of July 8, 2017, started a journey John Jermstad, owner of Birch Lodge, said he wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy.

Sietsema Orchards Announces Closure

Sietsema Orchards
Sietsema Orchards

Over the weekend, Sietsema Orchards announced it will not reopen for the fall season.

Local Chef Competes on Guy’s Grocery Games

Chef Jenna Arcidiacono. Photo by Brian Kelly Photography.
Chef Jenna Arcidiacono. Photo by Brian Kelly Photography.

Local and beloved chef, Jenna Arcidiacono, will be featured on the Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” this Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m.

Georgina’s Restaurant Closes After Short Run in Grand Rapids

Georgina’s restaurant opened in January 2018 to much excitement from those familiar with the restaurant’s original Traverse City location. But today, owner Tony Craig announced that the Grand Rapids location has closed.

Heritage Hill Restaurant Offers Nostalgia with ‘70s Theme

If you fondly remember eating dinners off of TV trays while settled into the family room couch watching the evening’s sitcoms, you’re going to love the newest addition to the Heritage Hill neighborhood.

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