Osteria Rossa closing its doors

Osteria Rossa interior partial
Photo by Bryan Esler

A downtown Grand Rapids Italian restaurant is closing its doors for good.

Chef and owner Chris Perkey said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Dec. 28, that Osteria Rossa’s last day of operations will be New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

“It is with heavy hearts we are announcing the last day of Osteria Rossa on New Year’s Eve,” the post said. “Due to these unforeseen times, we have had to make the decision to close our doors. We appreciate your continued love and support and hope to see you all at future endeavors. Please follow @chefperkey for any additional news.”

The restaurant opened in 2014 at 16 Monroe Center St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids and served fine Italian cuisine — including small plates, woodfired pizza, homemade pasta and seasonal dishes — in an upscale casual setting.

Grand Rapids Magazine named the eatery its Best New Restaurant in 2014, Best European Restaurant in 2015 and 2016, and Best Italian Restaurant in 2018 and 2019.

The restaurant was known for its tagline, “Warmth of the Mitten, Soul of the Boot,” in a nod to its dual Michigan/Italy origins.

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