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.
The 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.