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Fight over Del Taco redevelopment

4:05 AM, Jun 23, 2011   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Supporters are on Facebook and elsewhere with the rallying cry: "Save the Del Taco Building!"

The fast food restaurant is a familiar sight at the intersection of Grand Avenue and the Forest Park Parkway. The uniquely shaped building is expected to be demolished soon and replaced with a new retail development.

The unmistakable flying saucer shape is unforgettable. Years ago, Del Taco Mexican Restaurant was a filling station. Later it was converted into a fast-food franchise.

It's been a food favorite of the lunchtime and late night crowds, especially students at nearby St. Louis University, for decades.

The St. Louis Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority has approved a plan that will allow the restaurant to be demolished to make way for a new, still-unspecified development. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has also approved.

Rick Yackey, co-owner of Jimmy's Restaurant on Demun, is the developer. Yackey was unavailable for comment, but supporters of the eatery have been commenting all day.

Supports say the demolition of Del Taco shortsighted and would be a loss to the city.

Del Taco is a national chain with several outlets in the St. Louis area. This is reportedly the only one scheduled for redevelopment.

The St. Louis Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority did not respond to NewsChannel 5's request for an interview.

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