The building that houses one of Denver's most popular Southern food eateries, Tom's Home Cookin'
in Five Points, is now for sale, according to news accounts this morning
. Owners Tom Unterwagner and Steve Jankousky, who also run the restaurant, bought the property in 2001 for $185,000 and now have it listed for $585,000. It's unclear what this means for the future of Tom's; the Denver Post
reports that Unterwagner and Jankousky are just testing the real-estate market and may sell, relocate or stay put. So for now, at least, you'll be able to squeeze in one or two Thursday Thanksgiving lunches.
Tom's has reached cult-restaurant status in the working-class neighborhood, where it has served macaroni and cheese, meatloaf and fried chicken for nearly fifteen years: its cash-only, lunch-only and weekdays-only model means lines form before the doors even open at 11 a.m. and the kitchen generally sells out long before 2 p.m. — as it did today.
We hope Tom's keeps on cookin' for another fifteen years, either in Five Points or at a new location. But if the worst befalls lovers of down-home comfort food, where will you turn for a soul-warming lunch?