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Fri September 28, 2012

Starbucks Opens In 'Flying Saucer'

The newly-renovated 'Flying Saucer' building in Midtown now holds a Starbucks and is slated to hold a Chipotle restaurant.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A new Starbucks opened Friday in a Midtown St. Louis building often called the 'flying saucer.'

The modern building faced an uncertain future last year when Del Taco closed and the developer Rick Yackey wanted to tear it down.

Preservationists and even some politicians fought for the saucer, and Yackey changed his mind, instead luring national tenants.

St. Louis architectural historian Michael Allen says it was a big save.

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