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Entrepreneurs’ group honors innovators

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Arizona (EO) announced its selection for two highly coveted membership awards for the 2013-14-board year. Lauren Bailey, co-owner of the Upward Projects restaurants was dubbed the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and Robert Clinkenbeard, founding principal of Integrated Landscape Management received the ‘Member of the Year’ award at the conclusion of the group’s global 24-Hour Learning Day event. Both recipients were peer nominated from amongst the membership, which is made up of 150 successful Arizona business owners.

Arizona entrepreneurs are invited to join EO based on business performance. Out of 131 global chapters spanning 40 countries, EO Arizona is a leader in ingenuity and creative thought. Their purpose is to propel entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and enriched personal lives.

“This is the first year for the prestigious awards and all nominees were, quite frankly, outstanding,” says David Loaney EO Arizona board president. “We have a highly driven membership that includes some of the most successful business leaders in Arizona. We felt it was important to recognize their accomplishments and significant contributions they have made to the organization as well as the greater community.”

The EO Arizona board set stringent guidelines for award recipients. After being nominated by fellow member, the award selection committee reviewed each submission, selected finalists, then held lengthy individual interviews for in-depth discovery of goal attainment. Winners were chosen based solely on accomplishments throughout the year. Entrepreneur of the Year was measured on the successes and growth of the member’s business while the Member of the Year was determined on the individual contributions to the chapter.

With Upward Projects in the past year, Bailey oversaw considerable growth of her company as they opened two new restaurants, one new concept and added 140 employees to the organization. Individually, Bailey was also nominated for various community honors. Clinkenbeard served as a role model for members and prospects with his active engagement and participation.

“My goal in EO is to impart some of the lessons I’ve learned throughout my career to other business owners, helping them navigate the sometimes difficult path to success,” says Clinkenbeard on his active chapter participation. “When our Arizona business owners are successful, the community wins with greater employment, a healthier workforce and increased attention to our local neighborhoods. Giving back of our time and talent is the best way I’ve found to achieve that.”

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Joyride Taco House Opens in Gilbert

In what has gracefully become one of the Valley’s most exciting dining destinations, downtown Gilbert’s Heritage District adds another spell to its book of charm – a second restaurant from Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey called Joyride Taco House. Located on the northwest corner of Gilbert Rd. and Page Ave., the new concept joins neighboring Postino East to bring the renovated Grainbelt building to full capacity.

Informed by authenticity, but not beholden to it, Joyride Taco House is Mexican food made for daily life. With inspiration infused from the cultural stylings of the all-star Upward Projects kitchen development team (Chris Newstrom, Minerva Orduño Rincón, Monica Castillo and Mark Martinez), everything here is fresh and made from scratch, including the salsas, marinades and hand-pressed tortillas and tortilla chips.

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Sharable starters include three different types of ceviche, two types of guacamole and hearty pozole soup. Entrées include salads, burritos and tortas, as well as house specialties such as slow-braised beef tamales and slow-roasted rotisserie chicken. They also offer ten different varieties of hand-crafted tacos ranging from carne asada and short rib to beer-battered fish, grilled shrimp and an ever-changing Chef’s Special. Joyride’s extensive beverage menu showcases refreshing and colorful agua frescas, both for adults (mixed with your choice of spirit) and for the kiddos. Plus, enjoy their staple “$5 Until 5” wine and beer specials every day of the week.

Inside the lively 3,400 square foot space, you’ll swear salt is in the air with the well-worn beach vibe. Splashes of color reach from floor to ceiling, most noticeably from the custom-made concrete tiles imported from Mexico and the salvaged steering wheels and headlights, all working together to create a vintage-inspired vibe. Signature garage doors adorn both the front and back of the building, creating a breezeway and two distinct patios that keep the laid-back experience intact.

Joyride Taco House carries the same Upward Projects’ soul as its siblings Postino WineCafe, Windsor, Churn and Federal Pizza with lunch and dinner service seven days a week. Expect hours of 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday plus their staple $5 Until 5 every day of the week.

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Joyride Taco House Opens in Gilbert

In what has gracefully become one of the Valley’s most exciting dining destinations, downtown Gilbert’s Heritage District adds another spell to its book of charm – a second restaurant from Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey called Joyride Taco House. Located on the northwest corner of Gilbert Rd. and Page Ave., the new concept joins neighboring Postino East to bring the renovated Grainbelt building to full capacity.

Informed by authenticity, but not beholden to it, Joyride Taco House is Mexican food made for daily life. With inspiration infused from the cultural stylings of the all-star Upward Projects kitchen development team (Chris Newstrom, Minerva Orduño Rincón, Monica Castillo and Mark Martinez), everything here is fresh and made from scratch, including the salsas, marinades and hand-pressed tortillas and tortilla chips.

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Sharable starters include three different types of ceviche, two types of guacamole and hearty pozole soup. Entrées include salads, burritos and tortas, as well as house specialties such as slow-braised beef tamales and slow-roasted rotisserie chicken. They also offer ten different varieties of hand-crafted tacos ranging from carne asada and short rib to beer-battered fish, grilled shrimp and an ever-changing Chef’s Special. Joyride’s extensive beverage menu showcases refreshing and colorful agua frescas, both for adults (mixed with your choice of spirit) and for the kiddos. Plus, enjoy their staple “$5 Until 5” wine and beer specials every day of the week.

Inside the lively 3,400 square foot space, you’ll swear salt is in the air with the well-worn beach vibe. Splashes of color reach from floor to ceiling, most noticeably from the custom-made concrete tiles imported from Mexico and the salvaged steering wheels and headlights, all working together to create a vintage-inspired vibe. Signature garage doors adorn both the front and back of the building, creating a breezeway and two distinct patios that keep the laid-back experience intact.

Joyride Taco House carries the same Upward Projects’ soul as its siblings Postino WineCafe, Windsor, Churn and Federal Pizza with lunch and dinner service seven days a week. Expect hours of 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday plus their staple $5 Until 5 every day of the week.

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Upward Projects plans Federal Pizza opening for October 9th

The soul of North Central Phoenix is about to run a little deeper as Upward Projects, a group of locally-focused restaurateurs headed by Craig & Kris DeMarco and Lauren & Wyatt Bailey, prepares to open their latest vision, Federal Pizza (5210 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 85012), in the historic First Federal Savings & Loan building originally designed by famed architect Al Beadle.  Federal Pizza joins neighbors Windsor, Churn and Postino Central to create not only a geographic trifecta, but a locally owned dining district integrated into the neighborhoods that surround.

When the restaurant opens to the public on October 9th, diners can look forward to a menu of big healthy salads, sharable appetizers, and perhaps most exciting of all, wood-fired pizzas designed by master baker MJ Coe.  Selected to guide the pizza design process, MJ Coe is a rockstar in his own rite, became a certified master baker at the age of 33 and quickly rising to prominence as one of Arizona’s premier local producers.  “I was tapped to create a bespoke ciabatta loaf for Postino in the early 2000’s, and we are still baking the same exact recipe 11 years later.  The pizza here is going to be designed the same way, to stand the test of time and become a part of peoples lives,” says Coe.

The beverage program at Federal proves to be one-of-a-kind as well, as the entire menu of beer and wine will be available to be picked up to-go, and at a screaming discount.  Fueled by the expertise of beverage director Brent Karlicek, mastermind behind the programs at Windsor and Postino, the wine list will be seasonal and progressive, and beers local and regional with an emphasis on small-batch craft selections.  For those wondering how to get draft beer to-go, Federal will offer custom Growlers, large reusable glass jugs that can be filled with any of the local and regional craft beers on tap.

“We’re really excited about turning the bank’s old teller lane into a pickup window so you can grab everything without getting out of your car,” says Craig DeMarco.  Those opting to dine-in, however, are sure to explore the restaurant’s design, which will pay tribute to Al Beadle’s original work wherever possible and evoke a mid-century feel with modern touches.  The 30-foot long butcher block bar will likely be a popular spot, as will the coveted eight seats that surround the wood-fired pizza oven.  But there is not a bad seat in the house with floor to ceiling glass keeping the mood light and airy, and while enjoying a pie, the moon might even hit your eye through the glass skylights above.

Federal Pizza opens October 9th for lunch and dinner service seven days a week.  Hours are 11a-11p Sunday through Thursday, and 11a – 12p Friday and Saturday.  “$5 until 5” will also be available daily.  For more information, visit www.upwardprojects.com.

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Shepley Bulfinch Design Breathes New Life Into Downtown Gilbert Building

Architect Shepley Bulfinch has partnered again with Upward Projects to create Postino East, a neighborhood dining spot in the heart of downtown Gilbert.

Postino Gilbert - Outside BarThe 2,700 SF renovation in the southern end of the former Grainbelt Building is the third locale for Postino Wine Cafe and the second collaboration between Shepley Bulfinch and Upward Projects.

“It means a lot to us to be involved with projects like this,” Shepley Bulfinch principal Joseph Herzog, the project’s lead architect, said. “They help breathe life back into communities and neighborhoods and give people new ways to experience a part of the town’s history that has been long overlooked.”

“Shepley Bulfinch understands our commitment to adaptive reuse projects, and together we have resurrected historically relevant buildings with a modern twist,” said Upward Projects partner Lauren Bailey.

The design juxtaposes the building’s original yellow painted structural steel beams and exposed CMU walls and concrete floors with wood trusses, warm colors, and carefully selected vintage furniture, décor, and tile. Mixing industrial features with warm colors and custom wood furniture defines a contemporary space with an inviting atmosphere. The versatile layout includes a wrap-around patio, and green space for larger events. The design blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. The signature interior-exterior bar draws guests through a 16-foot garage door to the patio, where diners have a view of Gilbert’s iconic water tower.

Postino East opened with a March 17 benefit that supported their community partners, Gilbert Public Schools. Upward Projects and Shepley Bulfinch have since announced their latest restaurant design venture: the adaptive reuse of an iconic mid-century Phoenix bank building designed by Alfred Newman Beadle.