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

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Lauren Saria
The classic cheeseburger from The Mission @ Minder Binder
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).

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Lauren Saria
The Mission @ Minder Binder
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.

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GRAZ Kitchen Fresh Is Now Open in Chandler; Here's the Menu

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Chandler-ites looking for a breakfast and lunch destination can add a new restaurant and juice bar to their list of options. GRAZ Kitchen Fresh, located at 1005 S. Arizona Avenue in the San Tan Gateway Center, opened earlier this month and is serving a menu of salads, sandwiches, and juices.

Breakfast options include steel cut oatmeal and sandwiches such as the Fly Me to The Moon, made with turkey sausage, eggs, and Vermont white cheddar. For lunch you can head to the new spot for options such as The Flying Pig, which features turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, herb spread, and harvarti cheese.

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The Pig's Meow Beer & Wine Bar, From the Owner of the Whining Pig, Is Now Open in Arcadia

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Lauren Saria
Heads up, Arcadia, there's a new bar in the neighborhood and it comes courtesy of an experienced crew from some of CenPho's favorite drinking holes. As of Wednesday, October 15, the Pig's Meow, a beer and wine bar owned by Greg Malkin of The Whining Pig, is open for business.

The cozy spot is located at 3730 East Indian School Road, in the space formerly occupied by the Poor Little Rich Girl consignment boutique.

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Shakes and Cones Now Serving Organic, Non-GMO Soft Serve in Scottsdale

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Lauren Saria
There's a cool, new destination in Old Town Scottsdale.
A new organic soft serve shop has opened at 7215 E. 1st Street in Old Town Scottsdale, next door to Bootlegger Modern American Smokehouse. The spot serves soft serve, shakes, and sundaes as well as specialties such as the Vanutzel, a blend of vanilla soft serve, hazelnut Nutella, and chopped chocolate covered pretzels.

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Orange Table Has Re-Opened in Tempe -- Chimichurri Hash Is Back!

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Lauren Saria
Orange Table's Chimichurri Hash has become a staple of Valley brunch-ing.
In July we told you that longstanding Scottsdale breakfast spot Orange Table would be closing its doors for a complete overhaul, that it would reopen as a new restaurant with a new owner. Though the new management promised to keep much of the menu and staff the same, we knew it'd be the end of a brunch-ing era.

Fortunately for fans of White Flannel, coffee soda, and the Brunch Burger, Orange Table is back. On Saturday the restaurant reopened -- same owner, same menu -- at 203 East Seventh Street in Tempe.

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Bad Water Brewing Tap Room Is Now Open in Old Town Scottsdale; Here's the Menu

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The brewery's beers also are available throughout the state.
Beer fans now have a new taproom to explore in Old Town Scottsdale. As of last week, Scottsdale-based brewery Bad Water Brewing has its own taproom where beer drinkers can find all three of the brewery's beers, as well as seven drafts and 10 bottled beers from other craft breweries.

To pair with the selection of beers, the Bad Water Brewing Tap Room also serves a selection of six different charcuterie boards.

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September Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Tempe's got a new spot for late night eats-- and it isn't greasy pizza!
Phew! We think we can declare the dreaded summer slump officially over. That's because, with a very busy Arizona Restaurant Week wrapping up and only two spots on our closing list, it looks like most of our favorites have made it through the dead zone and into fall. While it's a damn shame that we did lose two Phoenix staples this September, we're also seeing new life in the dining scene all across the Valley.

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Cuff in Downtown Glendale Is Now Open for Lunch; Here's the Menu

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The restaurant is one of three projects planned for the downtown Glendale neighborhood.
As of this week there's a new dining option for those looking for New American food in the historic downtown Glendale neighborhood.

Cuff, a new restaurant from chef Tom Harvey, has opened to the public and is currently serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Postino Annex in Tempe Opens Wednesday; Here's a Look Inside

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All photos by Lauren Saria
The fourth location of Postino will open to the public on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Later this week the fourth and largest location of Postino Wine Cafe will open its doors to the public. Dubbed Postino Annex, the new restaurant and wine bar is located inside the historic Art Annex building at 615 S. College Avenue, just steps from the heart of the Arizona State University campus.

We swung by the new dining spot to get a tour of the space and chat with Upward Project's Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey.

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Delice Bistro: Late-Night Pastry Shop, Restaurant Now Open on Mill Avenue in Tempe

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Lauren Saria
An apple danish and savory croissant from Delice Bistro.
Heads up, Tempe night owls and bar-goers. There's a new dining option located off Mill Avenue that's going to be serving pastries, crepes, and more until 2:30 a.m. on weekends.

The restaurant and bakery called Delice Bistro opened Thursday at 690 South Mill Avenue, at Centerpoint on Mill.

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