In a heartfelt message to all of its fans, Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe announced yesterday that it will close on October 30 — after more than thirty years on West 33rd Avenue — and the comments have been pouring in. "We're calling it a retirement," says Oscar Aguirre, the eldest of the five children who grew up in the restaurant run by Virgil and Rosa Linda Aguirre. And they've definitely earned a rest. The family will hold onto the building, which also holds a salon and Jezebel's; Oscar says that prospective tenant are already looking at the space. But in the meantime, there are still ten days to stop by Rosa Linda's. Says JJ:
Thank you, Aguirre family and Rosa Linda's Mexican Restaurant, for being such a positive influence in my life. I'll never taste another chile relleno as good as yours.
Ugh. A little bit of Denver dies every day.
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I shudder to think what sort of whitebread-yoga-pants-pumpkin-spice-Caucasian-overbite hellhole is going to replace it....
But let's give the last word — for now — to Randle, who truly captures the spirit of the Aguirre family:
I will miss Rosa Linda's because I always ate there for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They were the most important place for me to stop on my way through the miles and miles of surviving on the street over the holidays. I will pass by just to remember their generosity and kindness to strangers with no place to go.
Have you been to Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe? Will you go before it closes for good on October 30?