Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe becomes a campaign hate stop after Mitt Romney turn-down

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Rosa Linda's.
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.

Back at the office, we were reporting that Mitt Romney had lunched at Chipotle -- but at one point, his campaign had wanted to make a stop at Rosa Linda's.

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.

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Mitt Romney at a Chipotle in Stapleton.
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.

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.

Continue for more about the Rosa Linda's/Mitt Romney dust-up.


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Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe

2005 W. 33rd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Sillyrabbits
Sillyrabbits

Are the same people that were excoriating Masterpiece bakery now those defending RL, and vice versa?  Just curious.  Seems a lot of people only want to defend rights when they agree with the context at the time.

 

In any event, people should really be angry at RL's treatment of the Squeaky Bean in their role as SB landlords.  That is what keeps me away from RL (and the fact that there are better Mexican places not too far from there).

nynoah
nynoah

Thankfully the community came out in droves to support this family run business today.  Thank you Denver for showing this small family business that not everyone is a hate filled psycho.  I and a few other good samaritans spent the last 4 hours volunteering to help with the increase in business.  The family was wonderful to me and very loving and thankful.  The owner was a great guy and we talked about our time spent in the military.  I definitely made some good friends at that establishment.  Not to mention, the food was great too and I look forward to eating there again soon.

1964
1964

It is really quite comical that he stopped at a Chipotle - they treat their workers so well (sarcasm for those who didn't catch that).

Mary Maybee
Mary Maybee

Unbelievable, people do this kind of thing! I will be over to get a great meal.

leftcoaster
leftcoaster

Hateful idiots like yourselves make me SO thankful I no longer live in Denver.

 

BTW, Their = possessive adjective. They're = they are.  There = locative adverb.  Sorry, realize Denver is cowpoke land but at least use correct basic English.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

the original article, plus the restaurants post on FB clearly stated they were Democrats. Now all the sudden their not?? I think these guys found out not everyone is a democrat, and that this is not 2008 anymore.... I have proof too! I live in boulder... in 08 I couldnt keep a mccain sign in my yard for more than  a night. Itd be gone by morning. My truck window got smashed where my Mccain Palin sticker was...and in 2012..after we saw obama wasnt the messiah we thought he was....Ive had our Romney sign go untouched for a month now! And my shiny new Romney sticker gets more thumbs up than down. Face it, in the words of BB King...the thrill is gone....

aaabuhbye
aaabuhbye

If you were a small business owner would you prepare 2 orders for over $100 dollars from a call in with no prepayment. Callers that you did not know and after you have discriminated against someone based on their religion and politics. Just a reminder that the left wing is filled with racists, biggots, and liars.

Kat Wolff
Kat Wolff

IF Romney can help create this kind of hate from people, what else is he capable of?

David Adkins
David Adkins

rosa linda is jus one of many ladies who have turned me down, and i dont hate...she jus plays hard to get-i like that...

Barbara Yoes
Barbara Yoes

Yes, they will serve any sitting President of the United States. Salt of the Earth - Viva Rosa Linda's!!!!

Keloid
Keloid

Their food is shit, anyway.

 

Michelle AL-Tawil
Michelle AL-Tawil

Good Job Rosa Lindas that was a good one made me laugh..... Gotta go try your food now

David Yates
David Yates

I see a new place to go to because they refused to be political. I hope they grow even stronger because of their own belief in being non-political.

bessame
bessame

Those damn Republicans trying to use politics to destroy someones business......Oh wait.  Don't you recall the democrats calling for boycotts of Whole Foods. Didn't they also boycott businesses who advertised on Glen Beck's and Limbaugh's shows. I also recall the democrats boycotting businesses in Wisconsin for supporting Gov. Walker. ANd the list goes on and on.  What a bunch of "holier than thou" frauds.

Luke Ramirez
Luke Ramirez

I'll personally be going here more often now. I salute you Rosa Linda's.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Guess some don't support small businesses after all. And Steven, the opposite has happened as well - like the pizza guy who gave him a bear hug and then business went through the roof.

Amanda Hedgpeth
Amanda Hedgpeth

The good news it will hopefully be a blessing in disguise? free publicity, I will def have to tru it now!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Plutocratic parasites have civil rights too!  Maybe a convoy of black Mercedes Benz, Porsche, and BMW SUVs should tour the country with teams of dedicated multimillionaires to integrate this nation's lunch counters.  Naturally, their retainers would be armed to the teeth and operate under Stand-Your-Ground rules of engagement, but I do not anticipate the need for violence.

 

'E pluribus unum' was our unofficial motto (after adoption of the Great Seal of the United States in 1782) until the Congress made it "In God We Trust" in 1956, and we have gone rapidly downhill from there.  Today I propose a new official motto for Amerika to appear on all coins and paper currency:  "All Americans are equal, but some are more equal than others".  To reflect our changing religious beliefs, occurrences of "In God We Trust" should be replaced with the phrase "To Mammon".

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Funny that when one restaurant snubbed Barry, his business INCREASED. Kind of lets you know who America really supports, huh? :D

Kim Daub
Kim Daub

This Mexican, Morman, Independant family resuses to get involved in the politcal games and they are the bad guys? I think since they are getting death threats, and that some have allegedly come from outside of the state that the FBI and or the Dept. Of Homeland Security should be investigating these acts of terrorism. These people have lost a lot of revenue in prank sales, not to mention the threats. Even Romney and his sane supporters wouldn't stoop to these levels. It's disgusting and pathetic. I don't like Mexican food - and I'm not a believer in Mormanism - but I am considering stopping in regardless because these people are our neighbors and part of our community and they don't deserve this.

Ricky Rodriguez
Ricky Rodriguez

So, because they refused to be manipulated by religious arm-twisting weren't they exercising their freedom? The crazies are revealing themselves and showing their white sheets. Looks like this NW Denverite will be eating there more often to support this incredibly generous and loving family. I'm down, are you?

Rico Garcia
Rico Garcia

Romney is a racist and no amount of green chile will smother that up. Mitt = D-oosh

Greg Mestas
Greg Mestas

I have always known the Aguirre family to be down-to-earth, kind and generous people. It's a shame such ignorance, negativity and hyper-sensitivity to perceived wrong doings continue to enable such moronic behavior in this day and age.

Ann Kossack
Ann Kossack

We all need to visit to show our support

Nicki Swearingen
Nicki Swearingen

Death threats!!Really! This is a really good family run restaurant that did'nt want to be part of this stupid political circus.Disagreeing with someone is not a just reason to threaten someones life!

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

I'm surprised Mittens didn't go to Chik-Fil-A

YungMuny
YungMuny

Why not just make a deal and let the man eat w/o the fanfare? Im sure they wouldve been fine w that.

Anthony Chavez
Anthony Chavez

The people who do this type of threats are political terrorists. No different from any other ones. Makes you wonder about their candidate. By the by they are also Mormons!

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Congratulations on having ETHICS. Not wanting to be a "campaign stop" is a persons/business right. Isn't that what America is about peoples rights. Romney going to Chipolte's clearly indicates to me that he was playing the "I am like you, I eat Mexican fast food". Denver has thousands of various ethic foods. His goal of visitinga Mexican restuarant tells me his goal of getting more Latino voters.

Kelly McFeely
Kelly McFeely

wtf! what happened to the right to make our own decisions... no need to get violent, grow up people we are supposed to respectful adults and honor other people's decisions even if we dont feel the same.

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

honestly why are people so quick to threaten and judge if someone doesn't think EXACTLY like THEIR PEA BRAIN THINKS.. DANG MAN! GROW THE FUCK UP!!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It's just after 10:00 am & I just left the Obama rally at Sloan's due to ALL THOSE DISRESPECTFUL FUCKS that kept stepping on my service dog !

I even went from 3rd to 20th row to avoid any situations involving Clyde .

Yet , there were many acting like this was the beginning of a mosh pit to some black dude raping Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' & encouraging the children to scream , " Hell Yea ! " , immediately following what seemed like an 1/2 hour long group prayer !

Anyone leaving for Canada anytime soon w/ room for Clyde & I ???

I'm almost damn serious ......

 

sdgil
sdgil

My my. Thank you, Mr. Aguirre, for stating the facts. I knew you wouldn't refuse service to anyone based on their religion or politics.

 

It is unfortunate that Westword reported something that led readers to believe you were simply turning away the Romneys because you don't like Republicans and reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. I don't know if Westword is a GOP hate site but I tend to doubt it. When I had no information other than Westword's poorly-sourced and inaccurate article on the subject, I was a bit upset with you as well. But I understand the double bind being touched by partisan politics puts you in and applaud you for keeping your integrity and bearing up under the flood of misinformation.

 

I am as conservative a Republican as there is in this country--and I love your picadillo! You have absolutely NOTHING to worry about, businesswise. When the full story gets out there, only the most rabid idiot Republicans will ignore it and keep hating you. And a bunch of them will at some point be Jonesing for a chile relleno and will forget all about it. You guys have great food, great service and I couldn't care less about the rest of it. I recommend your restaurant to all, regardless of party. 

 

Oh, and as for rabid idiot Republicans--they're not as big a problem as rabid idiot democraps. You probably didn't see Zucotti Park last year at this time. You can always tell a rabid idiot democrap--if the wind is right. Rabid idiot Republicans can be a bit harder to spot before they open their mouths. My advice is to ignore them all and keep cranking out those shredded beef super nachos and watch the customers roll in.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Sad.

The haters are going full bore on Yelp.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @1964 Thanks for the post, 1964. Much appreciated.

1964
1964

 @leftcoaster

 So you have to insult an entire city? Denver is far from cowpoke land. It is horrible what has transpired - horrible and ludicrous. There are idiots in every city. who cares if a small business doesn't want the chaos of being a campaign stop, and why was this news? Irresponsible reporting. creating news that doesn't exist. I am disgusted with both sides and everywhere in between. I have never commented on articles before because frankly, it is like arguing with children who have no impulse control. Some of the comments are so inane! don't you have better things to do? A job maybe?

1964
1964

 @ShamanLeBon

 So what. it is a free country, last time I checked.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @sdgil He did say on fb amd in the original article that theyre dems...

Bagwhan
Bagwhan

 @davebarnes I just went and flagged all the reviews.  A few people tried to be sneaky and post a bad review of the food (rather than post something about the politics), but they were transparent.  When a guy from Kentucky with no previous reviews suddenly posts a terrible review of Rosa Linda's on 10/3, that's pretty questionable.  FWIW, I've never eaten there and don't really care about theire politics.

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