Eclectic Bum Steer property goes to auction

2014-07-06T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T09:13:40Z Eclectic Bum Steer property goes to auctionBy David Wichner Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Bum Steer, an eclectic Tucson landmark and former bar and restaurant at 1910 N. Stone Ave., is headed for the auction block.

The once-popular college hot spot northwest of the University of Arizona opened back in the early 1970s and closed in 2010.

The restaurant was founded by a group of airline pilots who simply wanted a place to have fun while in town, according to the auction house, Phoenix-based Cunningham and Associates.

Featuring a red barnlike structure and antique decor across its walls, the Bum Steer was one of several other similar properties the group opened across the country, including the now-closed Minder Binders in Tempe.

Auctioneer George Cunningham says the roughly 8,000-square-foot Tucson building is still sound and features an upper level that gives it a lot of potential for use as a brewpub or other uses.

Cunningham said the 1.4-acre land is valuable in itself, and much of the decor inside the restaurant came from the back lot of a Hollywood studio that was closing in the ‘70s.

“There are still some very valuable Western memorabilia and various antiques attached to the building,” Leonard Frankel, a member of the company that currently owns the property, said in a news release.

The memorabilia is included in the deal, and there’s no reserve auction price, Cuningham said.

Contact Assistant Business Editor David Wichner at or 573-4181.

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