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Romney's Restaurant Effect-Eatery loses after refusing GOP nominee
The Daily ^ | October 3, 2012 | M.L. Nestel and Dan Hirschhorn

Posted on 10/04/2012 8:03:45 AM PDT by MtnClimber

An acclaimed Denver restaurant that told Mitt Romney to lunch elsewhere is facing some backlash.

After the GOP presidential candidate chose Chipotle for a lunch drop-by yesterday, the Mexican fast food chain got a lot of glory in the press after a Romney posing with staffers went viral. But it turns out the chain eatery was a fallback. And now the family-owned restaurant is paying a big price after a Westword blog post reported on its refusal to host the candidate.

“We lost a big order today,” Oscar Aguirre, co-owner of Rosa Linda’s, told The Daily. “Somebody called in and ordered $120 worth of food.

Later, Aguirre said, the customer called back and asked, "Aren’t you the restaurant that canceled Romney?"

He said the customer “hung-up” and canceled.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: chipotle; romney
Romney should buy them one way tickets to N Korea.
1 posted on 10/04/2012 8:03:52 AM PDT by MtnClimber
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To: MtnClimber
The best line of the night came from Dennis Miller:


"Obama better hope a kicked ass is covered under his health care plan"

2 posted on 10/04/2012 8:07:49 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: MtnClimber

I have to admit, I still love to eat at Valois’ on 53rd when I am in the area, even though Obama ate there frequently.


3 posted on 10/04/2012 8:08:16 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."--Del Shannon)
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To: MtnClimber

How does a customer hang up and then cancel?

Why does a franchise owner take credit for his ‘amazing’ food?

We’re Mitt Romney’s civil rights violated at this public accomodation?


4 posted on 10/04/2012 8:11:07 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: MtnClimber
So, Rosa Linda’s was concerned about the message it would send if they accepted the request from Romney. Perhaps they should have been concerned about the message that refusing the request would send. It's easy to say, “it's just business, we don't necessarily support the candidate,” if you take the business. But, there's no doubt about who you support if you refuse the business.
5 posted on 10/04/2012 8:12:26 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: posterchild

My mistake - Chipotle is not the place that turned him away.


6 posted on 10/04/2012 8:13:01 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: posterchild

Another journalism major?


7 posted on 10/04/2012 8:14:57 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: posterchild

Then again, this is Chipotle and the food is FAR from amazing. I hate paying premium prices for Mexican food thats nothing but beans and rice.


8 posted on 10/04/2012 8:15:19 AM PDT by SwankyC
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To: posterchild

Then again, this is Chipotle and the food is FAR from amazing. I hate paying premium prices for Mexican food thats nothing but beans and rice.


9 posted on 10/04/2012 8:15:26 AM PDT by SwankyC
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To: Dr. Sivana

If I was a restaraunt owner I would allow anyone to eat there as long as they behaved. Even Obama. Refusing someone is different. They hurt themselves.


10 posted on 10/04/2012 8:16:10 AM PDT by MtnClimber (I did not vote for Zero. Someone else did that.)
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To: MtnClimber

What kind of BS is this? Why in the world would a “Mormon owned” restaurant refuse to allow Romney to eat there? What the heck do they mean, “How would that look?” That would look like the restaurant was hosting a group of paying customers for lunch. Now they look discriminatory. Or fearful. Either way, they look stupid.

And since when does the propriator of a business have to ask his parents whether a particular customer can eat there? There has to be more to this story.


11 posted on 10/04/2012 8:17:20 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: The_Victor

Any business that refuses to do business doesn’t belong in business...


12 posted on 10/04/2012 8:17:36 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: MtnClimber

Remember when Hillary ate free at some diner in upstate New York and stiffed the waitress out of a tip?


13 posted on 10/04/2012 8:19:53 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Orwell in the throes of a demonic possession could not have come up with the "tuck rule".)
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To: MtnClimber

My wife and decided to try them and we ate at the local Chipolte Grill for the first time this past Saturday after she had just completed a basic rifle class by the way.

We ordered the beef tacos. Yuck. The meat was cut in large chunks and was tough and gristley. We left the so called food on the table and walked out telling each other that we would not be returning to that ptomaine palace.

Chipotle Grill Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits

In late April of 2008, San Diego County health officials announced that a number of hepatitis A infections had been traced to the consumption of food purchased from the Chipotle Grill restaurant located at 8005 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, California, near San Diego. Officials advised customers who had eaten at the restaurant between March 1 and April 22 that they might be at risk for infection. More than twenty people who ate at the La Mesa restaurant tested positive for hepatitis A infection. Seven of those victims contacted Marler Clark for assistance with their cases.

Marler Clark filed three hepatitis A lawsuits on behalf of victims of the hepatitis A outbreak traced to the Chipotle Grill.


14 posted on 10/04/2012 8:19:59 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

I don’t care for Chipotle either, but it was Rosa Linda’s that turned down Romney.


15 posted on 10/04/2012 8:23:53 AM PDT by MtnClimber (I did not vote for Zero. Someone else did that.)
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To: Paisan
Any business that refuses to do business doesn’t belong in business...

True freedom, of course, means they are free do do business or refuse business as they desire. But all of our free will choices have consequences. I guess the "in kind" donation to 0bama is more valuable to them than future profits. It sucks to be stupid.

16 posted on 10/04/2012 8:25:30 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: MtnClimber
Rosa Linda's 'Empty Chair Day'.

17 posted on 10/04/2012 8:26:05 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: MtnClimber

Perhaps there is more to this story, it doesn’t sound like they meant to dis Romney, rather they chose to stay out of the political fray. Seeing that other restaurants have suffered by having candidates come in... I could understand saying no to any political campaign.


18 posted on 10/04/2012 8:31:02 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: KeyLargo
Re-read the article with your glasses on this time, then report back which restaurant stiffed Romney. Sheesh.
19 posted on 10/04/2012 8:31:50 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: evets
So let me get this straight: Dan Cathy explains his personal views on Biblical marriage and the libtards are frothing about shutting down and boycotting Chick-Fil-As left and right. However, no one has been able to prove that any discrimination has taken place through any of the restaurants to date. On the other hand, the presumptive Republican Presidential candidate is denied service and no one is upset?
20 posted on 10/04/2012 8:34:25 AM PDT by jettester (I got paid to break 'em - not fly 'em)
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To: jettester
TACO NAZIS!!!

21 posted on 10/04/2012 8:41:08 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: KeyLargo

My son loved Chipotle for some reason, and he still eats there sometimes. But now he mostly eats at Qdoba. I actually like the food at Qdoba, although to be honest the only thing I eat there is the chicken quesadilla. They are friendly and their food seems well-prepared.

I hated Chipotle.


22 posted on 10/04/2012 8:41:42 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MtnClimber

Frankly, this almost sounds like an attempt to make this restaurant into a victim, as an attack on Romney. I doubt the Romney campaign cared whether the restaurant served them or not, I know I don’t care.


23 posted on 10/04/2012 8:42:44 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: posterchild
It wasn't an innocent mistake.

The article was written in such a way to make you make the mistake.

Your mistake was the intent of the article.

24 posted on 10/04/2012 8:42:58 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Katya

I think it is just how it seems. They said “how would it look”. Sounds like they buy into all the leftist demonization. Maybe they cater to the food stamp crowd.


25 posted on 10/04/2012 8:43:41 AM PDT by MtnClimber (I did not vote for Zero. Someone else did that.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Chipotle is where Romney did eat.
Rosa Lindas turned them away.


26 posted on 10/04/2012 8:47:25 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: Katya

They can make any excuses they want to make in the aftermath of stiff arming a presidental candidate.

Dems get full of their nasty selves and overplay their hand when they have power - especially when they are playing race power. They probably support illegal labor. They built their house on sand.


27 posted on 10/04/2012 8:49:14 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: muleskinner

Makes no difference.

Since Chipolte Grill was mentioned in the article, I believe that my experience eating there was relevant to the article posted.

I DID read the article before posting and saw that it was some other restaurant allegedly Mormon owned.

So go ahead and spend your time complaining about other freepers all that you want.

Have a nice day with spending your time criticizing other freepers. Sheesh.


28 posted on 10/04/2012 8:53:36 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: SaraJohnson

So if a restaurant didn’t want to do a photo op with Obama... the same would hold true?

We’ve always been in business for ourselves, including running a retail store.... in an extremely democratic area, which means you don’t get political.

This sort of thing bothers me... I can completely understand not wanting to appear divisive, you are in business to make money not pander to one group or another.


29 posted on 10/04/2012 8:54:26 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: posterchild
“My mistake - Chipotle is not the place that turned him away.”

Don't feel bad, I had to read it three times to figure it out. Very Poorly written.

30 posted on 10/04/2012 8:57:17 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: MtnClimber

Steve Ells is the founder of Chipotle restaurant...a very quick search shows that Mr. Ells contributed $1500 in 2009 to the Patrick Murphy(D)for congress campaign...just sayin’


31 posted on 10/04/2012 8:58:00 AM PDT by ~Vor~ (Freeper since 10/98)
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To: SaraJohnson
-- They can make any excuses they want to make in the aftermath of stiff arming a presidental candidate. --

The owner claims Romney and his staff were welcome to eat there. IOW, they were not denied service. The restaurant somehow got the impression that Romney wanted to make the stop something in the nature of a campaign event - press, make remarks, etc., and that is what the owner turned down. It's a "fellow Mormon," so Romney probably thought there would be a bond that supported the lending of a helping hand.

32 posted on 10/04/2012 9:02:42 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: MtnClimber

Looks like their dogma got run over by a karma.....


33 posted on 10/04/2012 9:26:03 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: Katya

Oh, I did not realize that Romney requested a “photo-op” with the resturant owner... He didn’t request that. You made it up.

Romney’s people just wanted to make arrangements for a large contingent to eat at the resturant and was told he couldn’t.

That’s okay. The owner can turn away business cause he’s are a big fat commie if that works for him. Seems like a stupid business decision to me.


34 posted on 10/04/2012 9:28:32 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Cboldt

The resturant owner is spinning in the aftermath of a stupid and insulting decision to deny service to Repubicans. That’s okay if he thinks he’s in an election of some sort. Dems do it all the time and often end up regreting it.


35 posted on 10/04/2012 9:32:38 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

I had no idea whether it was a photo op or not.
I just find boycotts cringe worthy in general, and given the political climate can completely understand not wanting to appear supportive of either side publicly.

But if you’d like to simplify the issue to whether one is a “commie” or not... be my guest lol


36 posted on 10/04/2012 9:40:42 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I haven’t been to Chipotle in 5 years but it used to be GREAT! In Rancho Cucamonga Ca.


37 posted on 10/04/2012 9:48:03 AM PDT by buffyt (Ted Cruz, Allen West, Rand Paul, Tim Scott, Herman Cain -- for President -- 2016)
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To: Katya

I do silent boycotts. For example I don’t care for Barbra Streisand’s politics and so I don’t buy her records. Same with Madonna, Bono, etc. I boycott with my wallet.


38 posted on 10/04/2012 9:52:45 AM PDT by buffyt (Ted Cruz, Allen West, Rand Paul, Tim Scott, Herman Cain -- for President -- 2016)
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To: MtnClimber; Squantos

lol...the irony

here in Nashville area Chipotle is a favorite of the young leftist crowd

the man scarves and Prius bunch

as a side note...those fresh leafy Mex joints like Chipotle or Baja Burrito are ok at times..hipsters love it

but if you really want SW Mex or Tex mex...screw that crap

it needs to be wet dripping and cheesy...and overwhelmingly tasty..like an orgasm of massive food stimuli...and chili chili and chili taste


39 posted on 10/04/2012 9:54:36 AM PDT by wardaddy (my wife prays in the tanning bed....guess what region i live in...ya'll?)
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To: MtnClimber

“Gov. Romney we respect,” he said. “If he’s sitting president we’ll open our doors with open arms.”

Really? LOL

You are Mormons and you let Romney stand with a national chain founded by a homosexual? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that).

LOL, again.

You have got to be kidding me? You will actually wait until he is President to seat him but, for now you want to keep your religion and politics away from your restaurant?

Someone ain’t right in the head.


40 posted on 10/04/2012 10:08:22 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yep!


41 posted on 10/04/2012 10:20:35 AM PDT by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: evets

No illegal Mexicans also means the possibility of Asian workers back in Houston’s Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurants’ kitchens...


42 posted on 10/04/2012 9:09:26 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets; Revolting cat!
Remember when Hillary ate free at some diner in upstate New York and stiffed the waitress out of a tip?

I'm sure the waitress still remembers!

43 posted on 10/04/2012 9:10:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: a fool in paradise

I think Clinton sent her a twenty or something to make it up and blamed the omission on her staff. The owner, of course, was delighted to have Hillary eat there just for the publicity, she was still something of a celebrity in those days, the wife betrayed by the most famous fellatrix in history. The last four years have taken a lot of shine off the pants suit. Oh, she did it more than once:

http://www.mombu.com/asian_cars/asiancars/t-ot-hillary-stiffs-a-waitressagain-7869894.html


44 posted on 10/05/2012 3:40:00 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Orwell in the throes of a demonic possession could not have come up with the "tuck rule".)
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