Flying Saucer Starbucks Lifts Off in Midtown [Photos]

Ian Froeb
The new Starbucks in the Flying Saucer in Midtown.
When the Del Taco at 212 South Grand Boulevard in Midtown closed in the summer of 2011, a grassroots coalition of urban preservationists and locals who just like cool things, damn it, banded together to save the iconic midcentury-modern "flying saucer" building from demolition. The result of their efforts: The developer agreed to renovate the building for its new tenants, which would split the space: Starbucks and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

The Starbucks opened this morning.

See Also:

- "Del Taco Leaves St. Louis"
- "South Grand Del Taco: Scenes from the Closing"
- "Mayor Slay Has Del Taco Building's Back"
- "Del Taco Spaceship Will Now Serve Coffee & Burritos"

For comparison, here's what the Del Taco looked like when the fast-food chain's corporate officials came to take away the signage:

Albert Samaha

Location Info

Del Taco-St. Louis - CLOSED

212 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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187 Carondolet Plaza, Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

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@LisaWeser Damnit. Why couldn't the other half have been #teamQdoba?

Breesey Daze
Breesey Daze

When I read " Flying Saucer " I thought Flying Saucer like in Memphis, where they have at least 50 different kinds of beer on draught alone. Bummer,my bad :(

James Wright
James Wright

finally STL doing something right for the culture around here. not everything has to be torn down and rebuilt to look cheap.

Colin Suchland
Colin Suchland

The SLU gals were walking to class with lattes in hand this morning as I headed onto campus! What a welcome addition!

Ryan Sea
Ryan Sea

i'd eat a burrito there.

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