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Friday, September 18, 2009

Five Good Restaurants in Old Fast-Food Buildings

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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Check out this post's sequel: Even More Restaurants in Old Fast-Food Buildings.

As I posted a few days ago, a new Vietnamese restaurant is opening at 3737 South Grand Boulevard, inside a former McDonald's. I'll admit that whenever I see a locally owned business taking over a chain restaurant's location, I smile. After the jump, in no particular order, five of my favorite examples of this phenomenon.

  • Ian Froeb
Taqueria la Pasadita
2336 Woodson Road
Used to Be: Taco Bell

You couldn't come up with a more appropriate repurposing: The chain that has done more than any other to dumb down Mexican and Tex-Mex food is supplanted by a joint selling the real, um, enchilada. Or, to be more exact, goodies like tacos with chicharrónes and the best tamales I've had in St. Louis.

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Laganini Pizzeria & Restaurant

4625 Gravois Avenue
Used to Be: Captain D's

The pizza at Laganini, which features the cuisines of Bosnia, Italy, Greece and more, is so tasty it has successfuly vanquished the ghost of popcorn shrimp past.

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