First Taste

The Mission @ Minder Binder Brings Tempe History to Life -- But the Food's Not So Good

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: The Mission @ Minder Binder Location: 715 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe Open: Less than a week Eats: Burgers, pizza Price: $15+ a person

Since closing in the mid-2000s, the big red barn on the northeast corner of University and McClintock Drive in Tempe has sat empty. But for 30 years before that, the red barn housed one of Tempe's most loved bars and music venues, Minder Binders. It originally opened in 1972, bringing the raucous college crowd five bars, an outdoor volleyball pit, and plenty of booze.

As of last week, Minder Binders is back in a new form. Thanks to a new group of owners the barn has been remodeled -- extensively -- and is now home to a restaurant and drinking establishment dubbed The Mission @ Minder Binder.