St. Paul's Punch Pizza owner, cook attend Obama address

Jan 29, 2014 1141

By Nick Woltman

Punch Pizza founder John Soranno and cook Nick Chute had choice seats Tuesday at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The pair attended the event as guests of first lady Michelle Obama and sat in her reserved box in the House chambers in Washington.

The St. Paul-based, wood-fired pizza chain, which has eight locations and 300 employees in the Twin Cities area, announced in November that it would raise its employees' starting wage to $10 an hour. Obama has recently called for an increase to the national minimum wage.

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