NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)– President Obama wasn’t all business Wednesday, he made a pit stop at a restaurant in New Britain.
The cafe in New Britain is just one of many places across the state that pays its workers more than the minimum wage.
A visit from President Barack Obama after being open just a few short months, was not what Cafe Beauregard’s owner expected.
“We knew he was concentrating most of his efforts on New Britain. Obviously, you always hope,” said Rob Chiovoloni, Cafe Beauregard Owner.
But, there was a little clue they could have the pleasure of welcoming President Obama, the Secretary of Labor, as well as Governor Malloy and governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
“We got a phone call asking if it was true we pay everybody ten dollars an hour. We said we can confirm that we pay everyone at least ten dollars an hour,” said Chiovoloni.
They then connected the dots as President Obama is in town talking about increasing minimum wage.
Employees there were thrilled.
“Who can live off of minimum wage which it is currently..I mean $10.10 is a little better and I think it’s a step in the right direction and I think that’s what Obama is about, making moves in a better direction,” said Carlos Negron, employee.
Many are wondering where exactly the President sat and what did he order? The Spicy Korean BBQ Steak sandwich, and we’re told he ate it all, a cup of chili, and then he even had desert.
“He asked me what I would have and I told him that’s what I would have,” said Chiovoloni.
When asked if they’re going to change the name of the sandwich, he said,”you’re like the third person who’s asked me that. We might put something on the menu reflecting the President has eaten it.”
And Carlos will be thinking of the President as he makes more of the hit sandwich.
“Hopefully, everybody else gets a decent job and a chance at a better life,” said Negron.