The renovation of the second Trattoria Stella looks to be finally complete. The former Cafe Star at 3201 East Colfax Avenue has been split in two, with the Trattoria on one side and the Starlight Lounge on the other.
"The lounge is all barn wood with a cherry bar," explains owner Tom Sumner. "The back bar is a piece from an old French bar, with a carved wood mirror. We also have a 90-inch projection TV."
Expect some good bar grub as well. "We serve the restaurant food up until 10 p.m. and then we have a late-night bar menu," Sumner says. "Chicken-fried steak sliders, onion rings, chicken wings, empanadas and pizza pockets (which are like mini calzones). Our chef is doing the late-night menu, so it's bar food, but it's still really good food."
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The lounge, which has been up and running for three weeks, is open until midnight (or whenever people leave) on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends.