St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The flying saucer building in Midtown formerly known as Del Tacohad itscommercial rebirth as a Starbucks Friday.
Seven people were lined up outside the building waiting for the newStarbucks to open.
Developer Rick Yackey originally wanted to knock the Midtown building down, but changed course in August 2011. In September, following a lengthy push by area preservationists to save the unique structure, Yackey announced plans to restore and reuse the building, adding about 1,200 square feet while maintaining the original look.
The building, located near the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Forest Park Avenue, was originally conceived as a gas station, designed by now-retired architect Richard Henmi in the early 1960s.
Del Taco closed shop when the franchise went bankrupt last year.
Starbucks will not be the only business to call the flying saucer home, according to Yackey. A Chipotle franchise is expected to open at the site by the end of the year.