Suburban Lebanese restaurant re-opening


Falafel by Osta's. Photo via

After a months-long closure, a suburban Lebanese restaurant will re-open next month.

Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine in East Grand Rapids, at 2228 Wealthy St. SE, will resume dinner service from 5-8 p.m. beginning on Nov. 6.

The restaurant announced its temporary closure in a Facebook post on June 25, saying co-owner and sole chef A. John Aouad fell and broke his ankle, which required surgery on July 9.

Osta’s said in a Facebook post this week that the surgery was successful, and the restaurant is re-opening.

At the same time, Osta’s will celebrate its 25th anniversary at its location in Gaslight Village.

“The last three months have brought challenges as John has been recovering from his injury,” the family said in the post. “He is coming along well. … Thank you for your continued patronage over the years. You have shown us the true meaning of friendship, and we will be forever grateful. We look forward to serving you again soon.”

A pair of friends and long-time Osta’s customers, Susan Cleland and Jane Gietzen, launched a $10,000 GoFundMe campaign on July 3 to support the family during the closure, as the restaurant is the Aouad family’s only source of income. It raised $13,625.


Osta’s has served traditional Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine for 28 years, including 25 years at its current location in Gaslight Village.

Co-owners Diane Aouad and John Aouad run the restaurant with their children, Dominique, John, Elias and Nada.

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