John Puckett

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Michelle Obama hosting Punch Pizza CEO and worker at tonight's State of the Union

    Punch Pizza CEO John Soranno and employee Nick Chute have been invited to attend the State of the Union address tonight as guests of First Lady Michelle Obama. The local company recently bumped its store employees' minimum wage to $10 an hour, and tonight's invitation is a national nod from an admin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Punch Pizza raises its minimum wage to $10 an hour

    For nearly 90 percent of the Punch Pizza staff, Monday must have seemed like Christmas come early, as their company raised its minimum wage by about $2.50 and distributed similar raises throughout the staff. See also: McDonald's to leave the skyways in both downtowns

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    The Best of Hot Dish: October 18th-October 22nd, 2010

    Darkness is upon us.‚ÄčIt has been another delicious week at the Hot Dish. Here are a few highlights from this week's food news:~Don't forget about Surly Darkness Day, as the brewery releases a limited amount of their big-ass Russian Imperial stout, Darkness.~Number 69, Jared Allen, teaches you how ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Punch Pizza's big cheese, John Puckett, on the secrets of his success

    Punch Pizza​John Puckett recoiled when I referred to him as the most prolific restaurateur in the Twin Cities, "Let's hope not." But the founder of Caribou coffee and partner in Punch Pizza can claim a hand in opening over 400 stores, easily eclipsing Famous Dave and his BBQ joints at 175. The ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Rachel's: The restaurant that never opens

    Michelle Bruch The owner still expects to open this long-awaited restaurant.‚ÄčRemember when Punch Neapolitan Pizza opened to much fanfare on East Hennepin nearly four years ago? A restaurant called Rachel's was also in the pipeline to open right next door at 222 E. Hennepin. The Rachel's a ... More >>