Tom’s Starlight, a reimagination of Tom’s Diner located at 601 E. Colfax Ave., re-opened in late September.
The once greasy spoon 24-hour diner today offers a renewed dining experience — offering items such as salmon, a steak sandwich and shrimp cocktail, with vegan options also available. It also features a robust selection of specialty cocktails, wine and beer.
The iconic building originally opened in 1967 as a White Spot Restaurant, a coffee shop chain that started in Colorado in 1947. Tom Messina took it over in 1999, and ran it as Tom’s Diner for 20 years. The building was slated for demolition in 2019, but Messina teamed up with GBX Group LLC to preserve the property and that year, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Messina continues his involvement with the restaurant, serving as its owner and operator.
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