President Barack Obama visits Cafe Beauregard and meets with Alice Bruno '81 and Lara Marie Edmonds '17.

Photo of President Barack Obama, Alice Bruno '81, Lara Marie '17 and others
President Barack Obama visits Cafe Beauregard and meets with Alice Bruno '81 and Lara Marie Edmonds '17.
Alice Bruno '81, and her daughter, Lara Marie Edmonds '17, are joined by President Barack Obama, Governors Lincoln Chafee (RI), Peter Shumlin (VT), Dannel P. Malloy (CT), Patrick Deval (MA) and Bruno's husband, Chef Rob Chiovoloni
March 5, 2014
Hartford, CT

Earlier today, President Barack Obama spoke at a rally at Central Connecticut State University designed to build support for his proposal to increase the minimum wage. Before the event, he visited Cafe Beauregard, a new restaurant in New Britain owned and operated by Ron Chiovoloni, the husband of Alice Bruno '81, the former executive director of the Connecticut Bar Association. "It was an extraordinary honor to have President Obama, the governors of Rhode Island, Massacusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut and the U.S. Secretary of Labor come to New Britain and eat at my husband's restaurant.  We didn't know that they were coming but when they arrived we understood that it was because of Cafe Beauregard's commitment to hiring from the community and to paying everyone well above the minimum wage," said Bruno. "I made sure to thank the president and our governor for their support of public education and I specifically mentioned the wonderful education I received at UConn Law School."

According to a report in The Hartford Courant, Obama was joined by Connecticut State Representative Joseph Courtney '81 on his trip from Washington. Others in the president's delegation from DC included Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Reps. Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, Elizabeth Esty and John Larson. At Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Obama was greeted by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.