Sunday, November 11, 2007

Tempe pub demolished to make way for hotel

[Source: Jeff Mitchell, ASU Web Devil] -- A towering yellow excavator stood over concrete rubble, steel cables and topsoil Thursday where the Bandersnatch Brew Pub once stood. "It's a sad day," said Vic Linoff, owner of Those Were The Days! Bookstore at 516 S. Mill Ave. for decades. "Bandersnatch was an icon for downtown." The pub is making room for an 11-story Residence Inn by Marriott, said Darcy Gray, senior project manager for Layton Construction, the firm overseeing the demolition. Bandersnatch, which sat at Forest Avenue and Fifth Street, opened in the 1970s and was a unique pub, Linoff said. It had an outdoor volleyball court, microbrew tanks and grills where customers could make their own burgers, he said. Interior design senior Meredith Nunn said older buildings being demolished for new development was a recent pattern in Tempe.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Chris Atwood, State Press.]