Flying Saucer Starbucks Lifts Off in Midtown [Photos]
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.
Ian Froeb The new Starbucks in the Flying Saucer in Midtown.
The Starbucks opened this morning.
For comparison, here's what the Del Taco looked like when the fast-food chain's corporate officials came to take away the signage: