The Shuttered Del Taco “Spaceship” Will Stand For Now

Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  The iconic Del Taco “spaceship” on Grand near St. Louis University will stay put,  at least for now.

City alderwoman Marlene Davis and developer Rick Yackey met with citizens for an update on the progress.

So far, Yackey does not have plans or drawings for the building. However, he assured the crowd of about 20 that he wants to maintain the integrity of the building, which includes keeping the flying saucer. Yackey says he expects to put a restaurant and perhaps coffee house in place of Del Taco, but he also plans to add on to it.

Ryan Reed, a preservation specialist with the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, says the building is on the national historic register.

When Yackey initially announced plans to knock the round-roofed structure down and rebuild once Del Taco closed, thousands of fans, including St. Louis mayor Francis Slay,signed an online petition for Yackey to reconsider.

Adlderwoman Marlene Davis says there will be another progress meeting at 6:00 p.m. on September 14th

Copyright KMOX Radio

  • Ed Golterman

    This is a most confusing report. Replacing and add-on doesnt add up.. Being on the National Register seems to be all the gentleman from Landmarks says. He’s said that for 2 days, This is no guarantee a building will not ‘go down’. Does he have a use for the building and an investor?

  • Ed Golterman

    Ryan Reed, take your Board south to the Avalon tomorrow. Look at it in the context of the block, the neighborhood. Could go either way. Understand that single screen movie houses in this bad a shape have been restored for multiple use and are economic catalysts. And in neighborhoods, not just in downtowns.
    I can send you a list of 40. It has may be two months. .

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