Upward Projects – Lauren Bailey, Co-Founder & CEO

In Business Magazine Cover Story, March 2020


Recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies for the fourth year in a row, and the Nation’s Restaurant News “Power 50” list in 2019, Upward Projects proudly features 15 markedly unique restaurants over five brands in three states. Five additional locations are currently in development. Led by Postino, an Arizona-born restaurant concept with 10 locations across Arizona, Colorado and Texas, Upward Projects has built a cult-like following with gorgeous mid-century adaptive reuse design, trend-setting real estate selection, and decked-out menus of crave-worthy sharables that’ll instigate last-bite fights.

Upward Projects creates inspired restaurants that are connected to the communities they serve, built on a foundation of historically relevant buildings integral to the neighborhoods that surround them. Hallmarks include pairing delicious food with local ingredients, bespoke beverage programs and a warm, friendly culture that brings everyone together. Upward Projects also promotes in-fill development by focusing on adaptive reuse projects and creating modern “third places” that enhance the neighborhood culture they inhabit.

Lauren Bailey, Co-Founder & CEO

Upward Projects

Upward Projects is a restaurant group that thrives on creating authentic and inspiring experiences for the communities we serve. Through the contributions of countless incredible people, past and present, we’re headed to the moon with a simple mission — to make people feel good.

How long with company: since 2009

Sector(s) serving locally: Hospitality


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