ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Santa Maria Restaurant in downtown St. Augustine may soon see the wrecking ball.
The Santa Maria Restaurant has been closed for months. The new owner is asking the City of St. Augustine for permission to tear it down and build another restaurant in its place.
Just across the street from the Santa Maria is the Wescott House Bed and Breakfast.
Ryan Mosher, assistant manager at the Wescott, and the inn's owner would be happy to have the old Santa Maria demolished.
"That's perfectly fine," Mosher said. "As long as they rebuild it in a way where it looks appealing to St. Augustine."
The Santa Maria sold in March for $2.3 million, according to city documents. The restaurant at the end of a pier, next to the Bridge of Lions, has welcomed guests for decades.