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Mandy Zajac writes and edits arts, entertainment and lifestyle content for the Get Out section of the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 2:00 pm

It’s not quite open yet, but the restaurant taking shape in the old GrainBelt building in downtown Gilbert is letting locals in for a sneak peek — and a donation to help area schoolchildren.

The doors to Postino East — the much-anticipated East Valley sister of Phoenix’s popular Postino Winecafés — will open March 17 for Bikes and Bruschetta, a “first look” event that will benefit Gilbert Public School’s partnership with Arizona Brainfood.

Arizona Brainfood discreetly provides a backpack of food to hungry school children on weekends.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day, ticketholders are encouraged to bicycle to the restaurant for an afternoon of wine, bruschetta and live music.

People will no doubt be checking out the surroundings, too. The 2,500 square foot space, which has developed a reputation over the years as the somewhat cursed home to five failed restaurants, has been renovated. It now includes an indoor-outdoor bar, wraparound patio and green space. Elements of the new design mimic the Postino chain’s original Arcadia location in an historic post office.

Managing partner Tory DeMarce says the Gilbert space was designed to provide a sense of community.

Postino East officially opens March 19. It will offer 36 wines and food (bruschetta, paninis, salads, soups) prepared with local ingredients. At Postino’s other locations, menu items run $6-$14.

Tickets to the March 17 event are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Money raised from ticket sales will go to Arizona Brainfood.

Tickets will be available at the door — if there are any left by then. Given how much people are talking about this restaurant, and the worthy cause, the sure bet is to get tickets in advance. They’re at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/231606

Postino East is at 302 N. Gilbert Road in Gilbert. Information is at (480) 632-6363 or www.postinowinecafe.com.

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