December 11, 2023

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Tom’s Starlight Closes on East Colfax in Denver

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“I’m very proud of what we did here,” says Tom Messina, who opened Tom’s Starlight at 601 East Colfax Avenue last September. For two decades, he’d run the Googie-style building as Tom’s Diner, a 24/7 staple in Capitol Hill.

But by 2019, he was ready to retire and was in talks with a housing developer when “a Goody Two Shoes showed up,” he told Westword last year, referring to a neighborhood petition to get historic designation for the building, which would have prevented its destruction — and also greatly reduced the amount Messina could get for the property.

Instead, in a win-win effort, Historic Denver engineered a purchase of Messina’s property by history-friendly developer GBX Group, which not only secured protective landmark designation for the building but transformed the former…

Molly Martin

2023-11-20 10:06:00

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