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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Is the old Midtown Del Taco building shaped like a coffee cup saucer or a pizza pie?

The landmark’s fate looked dismal, as the developer wanted to tear it down to build a strip mall. But preservationists protested, and now two well-known local brands seem to be interested in restoring the building.

Mayor Francis Slay has suggested numerous times via twitter that the uniquely shaped building would look great as a coffee shop.

MayorSlay: Kaldi’s interested in the Del Taco building? #fgs

Then again

MayorSlay: Who knows as much about saucers? RT @Kaldis_Coffee: @MayorSlay lots of potential for a local coffee shop don’t you think? #STL

Kaldi’s Coffee saw Slay’s tweets and responded:

Kaldis_Coffee: @MayorSlay I think our logo would fit perfect on top of the saucer. We will keep you posted #STL

But to further muddy the matter. A separate tweet from Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed was much more specific.

PresReed: I’ve been in talks w/ owners of @pistl about unique concept restaurant in Del Taco bldg on Grand. Exciting! Stay tuned.

And,

PresReed: Friends have suggested fun @pistl saucer themed slogans: Pi in the Sky, Heavenly Pi, Pizza Out of this World. Other ideas? #DelTaco

Whether both are serious and are both in negotiations is unclear. But it’s music to the hears of fans of mid-century architecture, who feared the building was doomed when Del Taco closed its doors earlier this summer.

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