Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe becomes a campaign hate stop after Mitt Romney turn-down
In the crazed build-up to the presidential debate, I stopped by one of my favorite neighborhood spots for food and fellowship: Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe. Turns out, I missed the news right under my nose.
And why not? Rosa Linda's is not just a Mexican restaurant, but its founders are Mormons.
Rosa Linda's is also a homegrown institution, holding down this particular corner of northwest Denver for close to thirty years, long before the area became one of the country's hippest hipster neighborhoods, as Forbes recently called it. The very first year Rosa Linda Aguirre started cooking in her little storefront kitchen, we gave Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe a Best of Denver award. And as the restaurant grew, so did the family that had founded it.
We watched as the children of Rosa Linda and Virgil Aguirre grew from kids helping out at their parents' restaurant to grownups who are now running their parents' restaurant and having kids of their own. The latest grandchild was at the restaurant on Tuesday; Virgil told me that he and Rosa Linda, who've worked hard all their lives, were recently able to take a vacation.
Instagram user JohnKeller101 Mitt Romney at a Chipotle in Stapleton.
This is a neighborhood place, but the Aguirres consider the entire community their neighborhood; every Thanksgiving, they cook up a free turkey/green chile feast that feeds thousands of people across the city. Their acts of charity don't end there, nor does their community involvement. But this spot is not a photo op.
Rosa Linda and Virgil are Mormon -- which accounts for why a Romney operative thought this restaurant would be the perfect spot for a campaign stop. But the Aguirres, who would feed anyone -- and often do, for free -- did not want their restaurant to be part of a political campaign. And so they said no.
Oscar Aguirre, the eldest son, had written about that on his Facebook page, and we published a story about the request/refusal Tuesday afternoon.
And then all hell broke loose, with callers from across the country harassing the family for refusing to serve Romney -- which was not the case.
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