DENVER — Construction has started on what was once the Colfax landmark Tom’s Diner. The location will soon be a reimagined venue opening in late summer of this year.
The new restaurant, called Tom’s Starlight, is setting out to be a modern “oasis in the city” with indoor and outdoor offerings. Tom Messina, who owned and operated the 24/7 Tom’s Diner for more than two decades, told Denver Business Journal that Tom’s Starlight will turn the interior diner counter into a cocktail bar. The large parking lot out back, which he said was about half an acre, will now be a garden with trees, plants, fire pits, cabanas and an outdoor bar.
When reimagining the venue, Messina said that he was looking to bring Palm Springs or a 1970s-era Las Vegas pool to downtown Denver. The architecture firm for the project is Kephart.
“I can’t wait, I’ve been sitting in a huddle for the last two years, going ‘QB, let’s play already,’” he said. “I’m excited to hear we’ve finally got our permits and we’re moving forward. They’re in there now gutting it and it will be really neat.”
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