The top 10 stories at in 2021

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After more than a year in lockdown, Grand Rapidians are making up for lost time. The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines earlier this summer led to the gradual return of in-person events and restaurant dining, with most readers coming to to find out where to go next.

Sadly, 2021 was not a “post-COVID” year. Two beloved restaurants in April announced they had to close their doors because of the pandemic. A report on the loss of Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine and Rinaldi’s Pizza and Sub Shop was the most-read story of 2021.

The other top 10 most-read stories this year consistently cover restaurants, from new places to eat to highlights of the most popular places in town. A unique story that caught readers’ attention was the November/December print feature on local legend and WOOD-TV8 Meteorologist Terri DeBoer, where she discussed her book, “Brighter Skies Ahead: Forecasting a Full Life When You Empty the Nest.”

Top 10 stories at

  1. Two local restaurants close doors
  2. Celebrate Fourth of July 2021 all weekend long with these West Michigan events
  3. 2021 Best of Grand Rapids Readers’ Poll: Food and Drink
  4. Downtown Holland to observe MLK Day with virtual event
  5. The Terri DeBoer you don’t know
  6. Kalamazoo to host synchronized skating championships next year
  7. 25 things every Grand Rapidian should do
  8. The king of hospitality
  9. Meijer Gardens announces 2021 events
  10. Going from DJ to MJ

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