Boca Chica, on Saint Paul’s West Side, has been a neighborhood fixture for at least five decades and counting.
I’ve been there many times; I’ve taken my family there more times than I can possibly remember. It’s a pillar of the West Side community, and it knows it:
Boca Chica was named by my father, Guillermo, after a small town on the Gulf of Mexico where he spent many memorable times. “Boca Chica”, translated, means “little mouth of the river”. Today, Boca Chica has grown substantially and is rated “one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities,” according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s March 2006 issue.
At Boca Chica Mexican Restaurante, we have a desire to contribute to our community’s cultural heritage by preserving in our beautiful painted murals the history and the essence of the Mexican people. These murals, painted by Rigel from Merida Yucatan, cover the walls in all three of our dining rooms. You can relax and enjoy comfortable dining in the Aztec room, the El Grito room, or the El Cortijo room.
I’ve also attended GOP political events there.
No more. The Fourth District GOP was planning an event on January 10, a week from tonight, at Boca Chica. According to the chair of the CD4 GOP, no more:
Yesterday I received notification from the Boca Chica Restaurant that they cancelled our Turn Minnesota Red CD 4 2018 Kick Off Event, which was scheduled for Jan. 10, 2018. Needless to say, I was upset. Apparently the Boca Chica Restaurant does not want to have Republican groups or organizations to have events at their restaurant. As Chairman of CD 4, CD 4 will not attempt to set any more events at the Boca Chica Restaurant.
The restaurant explained to a GOP figure of latino descent from the neighborhood that the restaurant had been the subject of “social media pressure” – although a quick investigation shows no facebook or twitter posts with Boca Chica and any GOP organizations.
My suspicion: it’s DFLers from the neighborhood, carrying out “intellectual and political cleansing”. They want to drive the GOP underground in places they control, figuratively and, perhaps, literally.
This is life in Democrat country.
Perhaps if we asked them to bake us a wedding cake?