Farewell 2012: Our top 12 articles of the year

It’s been an eventful year here at The Sacramento Press. We said bittersweet farewells to some key staff members and welcomed new ones to the team. We will be sharing our New Year’s resolution with you later, but for now let’s take a look at what had readers clicking in 2012.

In case you missed anything, or if you’re just looking to take a trip down memory lane, here are 2012’s hottest items from The Sacramento Press:

12.) Broderick: stiff drinks, big portions coming to West Sacramento by Jared Goyette
In another food truck/concrete establishment match made in heaven, Chris Jarosz and Matt Chong from Whicked ‘wich food truck joined forces with Steve Hamm, Marvin Maldonado and Thaxter V. Arterberry to open Broderick’s in West Sacramento. Head over tonight for live music and free champagne. Five-dollar cover after 10 p.m.

11.) Zoellin to open Bacon and Butter in Midtown May 20 by Brandon Darnell
Former Golden Bear chef Billy Zoellin opened his own breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant on 21st Street. It’s closed for New Year’s, but stop in some Friday for all-you-can-eat flapjacks between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

10.) Carmichael Dave: I’m coming back by Brandon Darnell
Radio-personality “Carmichael Dave” Weiglein pledges not to fade into obscurity after being fired from KHTK 1140 The Fan. You can now find him at The CD Networks.

9.) Pour House opened Friday in Midtown Sacramento [Photos] by Jared Goyette
Pour House put taps at their tables and opened its doors to offer a “Prohibition-era speakeasy” vibe. Head over tonight for cocktails and The Golden Cadillacs. No cover!

8.) Invisible Children: KONY 2012 by Rachel Aquino
If you didn’t know who Joseph Kony was in 2011, you probably do by now. The Ugandan warlord is now famous for his brutal tactics which, among other atrocities, target children. Rachel Aquino’s article about local opportunities to engage in the movement to hold Kony accountable had everyone clicking.

7.) "The Grey" – Part 2: Interview by Tony Sheppard
MovieBriefs columnist Tony Sheppard complemented his film review of “The Grey” with an interview with actor Frank Grillo as well as director and Sacramento native Joe Carnahan.

6.) Baroque Philharmonia: A softer side of the Mondavi Center by Chad Avakian
Contributor Chad Avakian attended a symphony performance by the Philharmonia Baroque at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. While Avakian gave the ensemble a rave review, The Sacramento Press found itself in want of a classical music expert, and musical baroque masters nationwide voiced their disappointment.

5.) Jimmer Fredette capitalizing on limited playing time by Chris McClain
Kings contributor Chris McClain hit a nerve when he opened a debate on the fate of “Jimmermania.” Fans across the board debated Fredette’s value to the Kings and how head coach Keith Smart utilized (or did not utilize) him on the court.

4.) A look at Purgatory, the grid’s newest restaurant-lounge by Melissa Corker
Corker previewed a new restaurant-by-day, dance-club-by-night establishment which sought to provide a spot for sinners to mingle with saints. No info on how things are going thus far. Update us if you have the scoop.

3.) New Orleans fare coming to Broadway by Brandon Darnell
New Orleans native Eric Crawford brought some of the bayou to Sacramento when he opened Original PoBoys with his family at Broadway and Alhambra. Almost a year out they are still satisfying residents’ cajun cravings.

2.) The Hobbit – Frame rates, 3D/2D, and second thoughts by Tony Sheppard
Columnist Tony Sheppard makes the list again with his detailed review of one of 2012’s most anticipated films. His review was accented not only by detailed technical analyzation but also by his commentary on how well the popular novel transferred to the big screen.

And the No. 1 read article on The Sacramento Press from 2012 is:

1.) Local Man Fired for Feeding Cats by Heather Ireland
Ireland pulled heartstrings and invoked strong reactions from readers on both sides of the issue when she chronicled Larry Ottoviani’s story. Ottoviani was fired from 7UP Bottling Company after seven years of employment. His crime? Feeding feral cats. Ottoviani and his employers disagreed as to whether he was tending to the strays on company time and property.

There you have it – our year at a glance. Thank you to all of our readers, writers and those who stick strictly to the commentariat. You are truly what makes our site, and each day at the office, great.  

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December 31, 2012 | 7:37 PM

These are the most read articles, correct?

January 1, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Yes, these are the articles with highest number of views.

Article Author
December 31, 2012 | 7:58 PM

Purgatory went straight to hell–apparently the owner ripped off pretty much everyone involved, and the venue closed within weeks of its grand opening.

January 1, 2013 | 1:11 PM

Thanks for the update, Mr. Burg.

Article Author
December 31, 2012 | 8:59 PM

Neat!

January 1, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Food fares well, I see! Congrats to all!

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