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Del Taco Demolition on Aldermanic Agenda Tomorrow

Categories: Bidness, Food
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The flying saucer where so many drunken late-night tacos were scarfed, the Del Taco on Grand Boulevard, may be getting demolished, despite being on the National Register of Historic Places and causing an outpouring of love on Facebook.

At tomorrow's meeting of the board of aldermen, there's an item on the agenda that could allow developer Rick Yackey to tear it down in favor of other retail space, and may even help out with the cost of the demolition.

Head on over to Gut Check for all the details!


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11 comments
James Wakeland
James Wakeland

fuck that asshole what they don't care about the history what the fuck they got a problem!! fuck the new history. take it back asshole!

Dwayne
Dwayne

I made the mistake of stopping in there a few weeks ago.  The service was rude, the bathroom was filthy, and I think the burrito may have been a dog turd wrapped in a tortilla. I wish they could keep the cool building; but, replace the joke of a business inside of it.

p.s. I used to love me some Naugles.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Here is another great idea I would expect some of these brilliant developers to come up with with their vast knowledge on urban planning;

"I have a great idea! I need to get my hands on Cleveland High School and some of the surrounding property so I can redevelop the area! My grand plan? I'm going to tear it all down and build a huge retail development on South Grand to save the area!! But to make it work I need tax incentives from city hall so I can attract a super walmart along with a plethora of other shops such as payday loans, head shops, cell phone shops, and maybe a new Popeye's chicken!! But in this case I am going to make denser and more walkable so it fits the neighborhood, I swear! Unfortunately the Ted Drewes on Grand has to go and I will use eminent domain to steal, er I mean purchase to get the property so I can have extra parking in my walkable dense urban development! This will raise extra tax money and save all of south city! Who is with me?!!"

Mike N.
Mike N.

They'll probably replace it with another Walgreens, just like the Parkmoor.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Typical dildo 'developer' with another grand vision of building more suburban bullshit in the city, but only after they tear down something unique first. Watch the dipshit aldermen rally around for more bullshit promises of tax money, after they give them a tif of course. Fuck these greedy lazy jackoffs for the damage they do to the city.

Kitty
Kitty

ditto Redbird Bowling Lanes!

maybe there's a happy medium, in which the building itself stays while the site is revamped to be more pedestrian-friendly and manageable?? not familiar with the site, so not sure if more elements can be built, but i think st. louis is demanding a better solution for the building.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

ihatesuburbs, let me question your terms of abuse. A jackoff is someone aggressively disrespectful and stupid. The term implies energy spent and wasted in an ugly way. Whereas an asshole is more just ugly of his own nature. Lazy jackoff just doesn't work.

Noel Weichbrodt
Noel Weichbrodt

While the building is awesome, the surrounding lot is wretched--not pedestrian friendly, full of useless blacktop that is confusing for drivers, and is part of the problem of why N. Grand sucks. Unlike the San Luis, at least the developer is proposing the right thing--denser building mass, mixed use, pedestrian friendly (hardly 'suburban'). 

Granted, appropriate skepticism on the follow-through, but with the new Grand bridge, it's not a bad call to let the existing building give way to something with better urban utility.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

I'll have to disagree slightly here Bill. When I implied that these jackoffs were 'lazy' I meant lazy professionally since they don't seem to know or even want to know the first thing about creating architecture that fits in the urban setting. To the contrary the shit they create looks about as charming as a temporary fema trailer with aluminum siding surrounded by  parking lot. For these particular jackoffs to NOT be professionally lazy in my book they would be able to envision a reuse for buildings that are unique and redevelop the surrounding area so that it works together. Since they don't seem to be able to think of anything beyond "tear it down, build retail" I'll attempt to be kind and try to believe that they are just intellectually lazy instead of completely dim witted and inept  stupid fucks.Hope that makes more sense to you now.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

I quit buying the shit city developers were trying to sell years ago. Virtually every case where a developer has proposed building "denser building mass, mixed use, pedestrian friendly" I have seen nothing to differentiate from the shit built in the burbs. Think Loughborough commons, at the time Desco made the same promises and look at the clusterfuck they built there. I hate trying to drive to that travesty let alone walk there and they tore down a neighborhood with residents who cared and that hadn't turned to shit yet. Don't get me started on that stupid fuck Phyllis Young and her efforts to turn Soulard and Bohemian hill into Gravois Bluffs, the one case where I almost welcomed the recession to stop that stupidity. With the brainstem developers and the even stupider alderman we have I have about as much faith in them actually creating a walkable urban area as I have in Ballpark village or another dozen parking garages saving downtown.

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