Postino Winecafe to Open in ASU Art Annex Building in Tempe This Fall

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Just weeks after Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey opened Joyride Taco House in Central Phoenix, the restaurateurs announced they have their sights set on a whole new neighborhood.

This fall, Upward Projects will open a fourth location of Postino Winecafe just steps off Arizona State University's Tempe campus. The restaurant and wine bar will be one part of a redevelopment project on College Avenue through a partnership between the school and Wetta Ventures .

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The Tempe location of Postino will be located on College Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets in the more than 7,000-square-foot Art Annex building just in front of the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The north side of the ASU-owned property will become Postino Tempe, and the south side will be taken over by another independently owned restaurant.

The food and drink menus will be the same as at the other three Postino locations, and DeMarco says they hope to be open by October 1.

Mike Rumpeltin, who's past projects include Sam Fox's The Yard, will be working with Upward Projects on the restaurant's design. As with all of their restaurants, DeMarco and Bailey say they'll be guided by the idea of adaptive reuse.

"We're really excited about the fact that it's red brick," Bailey says.

And though design meetings haven't yet begun, DeMarco says the newest Postino will feature one of their "signature patios."

All four of the Upward Projects partners -- Craig and Kris DeMarco and Lauren and Wyatt Bailey -- are Arizona State University alumni, so their newest project will be a sort of homecoming for the company. In particular for Lauren Bailey, who says she used to work out of the Art Annex building when she was in school.

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Kristin Heggli
Kristin Heggli

Great news. Tempe could use a dose of Upward Projects.

Crystal Najar
Crystal Najar

I can't be more thrilled for this to happen!!!

incognito69
incognito69

"We're really excited about the fact that it's red brick," Bailey says.

Um, is that your business model?  Because the last time I checked, college students aren't dropping coin on wine and food like that served at Postino's.  There also aren't a lot of middle-aged hipster wannabe's in downtown Tempe.  So ... who's gonna visit this place, the faculty?

bxprssd
bxprssd

@incognito69 It's in South Tempe.  Several miles from downtown Tempe, and a far cry from college studentville.  Think more like a slice of North Scottsdale.

bmcphx
bmcphx

It's postino, plenty of people will drive out of their way to get there.

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