Flying Saucer Starbucks Lifts Off in Midtown [Photos]

click to enlarge The new Starbucks in the Flying Saucer in Midtown. - Ian Froeb
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:

Flying Saucer Starbucks Lifts Off in Midtown [Photos]
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