Local Mexican Restaurant Gets Threats After Declining to Host Romney Campaign Event

Rosa Linda Cafe is a long-standing, family owned, really good Mexican food restaurant in Denver that contributes to the community. Here are the awards it has received.

Now the family is getting death threats. Why? The Romney campaign learned owners Oscar Aguirre and his parents are Mormon. In an attempt to capitalize on this, it asked the restaurant to allow it to hold a campaign event at the restaurant. The restaurant, which says it does not support either party (they are Independents) or hold political events, declined.

"It was presented to us that (Romney) wanted to do a political stump here. (He wanted to) talk about our small business (and) because we share our religious views with the candidate and are Latinos it would be great for him to do a campaign stop," Aguire said. "We did say 'no' because we are not Republicans, nor are we Democrats. We will welcome any sitting President of the United States. But, we did not want to be a campaign stop."

The threats started after Denver's Westword learned of the rejection, and wrote a story. (Skip the comments, you'll want to take a shower afterwards.) [More...]

"One person who called said 'Watch your back. We know where live and we're going after you,' " Aguirre said.

In addition to the death threats, the restaurant has been targeted with numerous people phoning in fake take out orders, and either not showing up or canceling the orders after the food has been prepared. People are also making fake reservations using Open Table which the restaurant has to pay for, regardless of whether the people show up.

"Two people ordered $150 worth of food for lunch to be picked up today. They called later and said, 'Oh, you're the one who doesn't want Romney in your business' and they canceled their orders, even though the food had been prepared," he told 7NEWS.

Rosa Linda has catered events for candidates including Obama. But there's a difference between supplying food and supplying a venue for a campaign stop. The Romney request wasn't about making a dining stop, but a campaign stop, where it intended to capitalize on the Aguirre's religion and cultural heritage. Oscar wrote on their Facebook page:

We did not refuse him service yesterday THAT IS FALSE! as stated in the article when we were contacted by the campaign of Candidate Romney on August 6th, by a former mormon missionary that he would like to bring the candidate here, NOT TO EAT but; it was presented to us that he wanted to do a political stump here. Talk about our small business and how because we share our religious views with the candidate and are Latinos it would be great for him to do a campaign stop.

We Did say NO because we are not Republicans, Nor are we Democrats. We will welcome any sitting President Of the United States. But, We Did not want to be a campaign stopping place....Since this article came out we have been getting hate emails, from people across the country, people sending us death threats and people calling us telling us we are racist... that they hope we go out of business.

All are welcome to join us for family meal! we may not be your cup of tea but we still welcome anybody with open arms.


Rosa Linda is concerned this could put them out of business.If that happens, it won't just be the restaurant losing. So will the more than 6,000 needy people who receive free meals from Rosa Linda on Thanksgiving.

Please let the American public know that we are not racist or bigots. We are just a working family wanting to help our community and our country by serving those in need," he said, adding, "Please stop the hate."

Consider them told. If you're in the neighborhood of 33nd and Tejon in Highlands, please stop and eat at Rosa Linda. They have lard-free beans and whole wheat tortillas. They list calorie counts on the items they promote as particularly healthy.

As for Mitt Romney, he didn't go hungry. According to Westword, he got a burrito at Chipotle.

This wasn't about refusing to serve Romney food, but refusing to allow Romney to use the restaurant to stage a campaign event.

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    Man, if I could order (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by observed on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:00:34 AM EST
    delivery from them, I would. I'm dying for Mexican food in my current location.

    Me, too (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by sj on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 09:39:16 AM EST
    I can't wait for a visit home.  I'm going to go to a Mexican restaurant every night :)

    No kidding, sj (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Zorba on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:01:22 PM EST
    Hard to get great Mexican food in Maryland.
    Mother-in-law Zorba lived in Texas and we visited her frequently; we used to absolutely pig out on great Mexican and Tex-Mex food.  

    Sometimes I wonder if the internet is (5.00 / 4) (#2)
    by caseyOR on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 03:51:46 AM EST
    really such a blessing. There is something to be said for a time when haters from out-of-state had to go to the trouble of writing a hate letter, getting a stamp on it and going to the post office to send it off. Spewing hate long distance required so much effort.

    Also, long distance calls were expensive. So, not many people would spend the money to call up, place an order and then call to cancel.

    In fact, before the internet and 24 hour TV gas-bagging, this would at most have been a Denver and environs story.

    Color me nostalgic for those simpler times.

    If I lived anywhere close to Denver, I would so be eating lunch tomorrow at Rosa Linda. Probably dinner, too.

    Yep (none / 0) (#5)
    by sj on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 09:51:30 AM EST
    I did a search on Rosa Linda to get their menu and saw that Google and Yelp reviews are being flooded by poseurs who are pretending that they ate there and then leaving really nasty comments.  A quick look at the dates and the lack of critical thinking would lead one to conclude the Rosa Linda really, really good business the last few days only to provide poor food and lousy service.  

    Westword really did a local business dirty on this one.  The vile side of the GOP is out in force.


    but can't technology serve them as well? (none / 0) (#18)
    by DFLer on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 08:09:10 PM EST
    for example, false order calls could be traced, same with IP addresses on the net. The restaurant website could investigate bogus entries via the IP addys..etc. etc

    Because of the threats of violence, surely the police could help tracing them, heh?


    Thanks, Jeralyn (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by easilydistracted on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 09:07:51 AM EST
    I now know where to treat my friends to lunch during my next visit to the Mile High.

    me too... (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by fishcamp on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 12:48:15 PM EST
    Stay classy Romneyites... (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 11:24:42 AM EST
    wtf is wrong with people...refusing to be a propaganda tool is some kinda sin now?  And what happened to the small-business entrepeneur lovefest?  We love small business, unless you refuse to be a tool...then we will destroy you.  

    If Romney had any class, he'd pay for all the orders they got stiffed on and make a statement telling his supporters to cool it.  I realize it's not his fault, but the hating is being done in his name...and it would be a great way for him to get some cheap easy positive pr.

    That is a great suggestion: (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 11:35:44 AM EST
    If Romney had any class, he'd pay for all the orders they got stiffed on and make a statement telling his supporters to cool it.

    Mitt...Call me! (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:29:14 PM EST
    You need a man on the street adviser on your team, a Joe & Jane Blow liason...I work cheap;)

    Or.................. (none / 0) (#8)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 12:21:19 PM EST
    The campaign could keep their traps shut and stop feeding their frenzied base fodder.

    Like you said, they should be condemning this behavior, but I suspect this is exactly why they released it.  To make future campaign stops decide to bow down to Romney's political ambitions or suffer his base's wrath.

    From wet dream campaign stop to fast food, maybe these were the only Hispanics to pass on being exploited by the GOP.  I mean really, Chipotle, it pretty much sums up Mitt, but they couldn't find any other restaurant where you don't stand to order, or that was owned by Corporate America ?


    You may be right... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:44:24 PM EST
    Mitt has been known to employ the can of gasoline and book of matches negotiation tactic in his Bain days.  

    Thuggish behavior (none / 0) (#13)
    by KeysDan on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:59:21 PM EST
    is not unknown to political movements..as are shirts the color of Bloomingdale's famous shopping bags.  

    I keep waiting... (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:22:29 AM EST
    and waiting and waiting for anyone within the local GOP to speak out against this.  I can only assume at this point that their silence means they condone this sickening, hateful, unamerican turn of events.  

    Just goes to show... (none / 0) (#17)
    by kdog on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:40:55 AM EST
    this "I heart small business" meme is total bullsh*t, like almost everything else.

    They gots no love for this small business, nor my bush doctor's for that matter...and there are plenty more examples.


    Collect globally, serve locally... (none / 0) (#14)
    by unitron on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 03:22:53 PM EST
    ...Could one use one's credit or debit card to pay them for food and let them find local needy who could eat it?

    Maybe just for a week or so until the "morans" move on to their next fixation.

    I would think... (none / 0) (#15)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 08:14:02 AM EST
    they might be willing to accept donations to offset the cost of the free Thanksgiving meal that they provide to anyone who comes in.  

    Doesn't hurt to call and ask...