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Punch Pizza

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Punch Pizza

1313 Wayzata Blvd E

Wayzata, Minnesota, 55391

United States

Company Description

Punch Pizza specializes in traditional Neapolitan pizza baked in a wood-burning brick oven at 800 degrees for 90 seconds: seven metropolitan Minnesota locations....more

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John Puckett weighs in on Pizza, Passion and Punch

John Puckett weighs in on Pizza, Passion and Punch
John Puckett, co-owner of Punch, knows this type of pizza isn't for everyone. "We do get customers asking us to put chicken, pineapple or Canadian bacon on our pizzas," he admits. However, customers shouldn't look for a Hawaiian, Southwestern or taco pizza on the menu anytime soon. None of those pies would meet with his business partner's approval, Puckett says. Punch is run by two men named John. "My partner is really the genius behind the pizza," Puckett says. "I just try not to screw up what he comes up with. Instead, Puckett handles the "front of the house," explaining he enjoys customer service. Puckett also works with the company's financial systems. If his past professional success is any indication of his future business savvy, Punch Pizza has much to gain from Puckett's buy-in. Puckett and his wife Kimberly, who live in Orono, are the couple that started Caribou Coffee. Even if they couldn't pick Puckett out in a crowd, most Twin Cities residents are familiar with the story behind Caribou's founding. While the company has since been sold, framed pictures of the Pucketts sitting atop a snow-covered mountain still grace many a Caribou walls. It was during a vacation to Alaska that the couple decided they wanted out of the corporate world, and thus opened a coffee shop. Yet their coffee shop soon morphed into its own corporation. "We started Caribou in '92 and sold it in 2001," Puckett says, explaining that Seattle-based Starbucks did try to buy the company early on. The only way Caribou was going to survive was by growing really hard," Puckett says. The company burst into a flurry of activity and expansion, opening locations as far away as Atlanta. The tactic worked, at least close to home. "Minnesota is the only market in the world, in the world," he emphasizes, "where Starbucks doesn't dominate the coffee scene."


UST Entrepreneurship Society - John Puckett | Punch Pizza

John Puckett
Co Founder of Punch Pizza John Puckett | Punch Pizza Prior to Punch, John co-founded Caribou Coffee with his wife, Kim, in 1992. They sold Caribou in 2000. Punch was always John and Kim's favorite restaurant. Realizing they shared similar philosophies about quality and had complementary talents, John and John decided to become partners in 2001.


Punch's History - Punch Neapolitan Pizza

John Puckett
John Puckett Prior to Punch, John co-founded Caribou Coffee with his wife, Kim, in 1992. They sold Caribou in 2000. Punch was always John and Kim's favorite restaurant. Realizing they shared similar philosophies about quality and had complementary talents, John and John decided to become partners in 2001.


Board of Advisors | Team | The Mercanti Group

John Puckett
Founder of Caribou Coffee and Owner of Punch Pizzeria


The Mercanti Group - Next Level Investment Banking

John Puckett
Founder of Caribou Coffee and Owner of Punch Pizzeria


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