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Ian's Pizza prepares free pizza, paid for by donations around the world, for protesters at the State Capitol rally for union rights on Saturday, Feb. 26. GREG DIXON — Special to The Capital Times

A manager at Ian's Pizza, the restaurant that took orders beginning in February from all 50 states and more than 50 countries to be delivered to protesters of the budget repair bill, said last week he was "kind of looking forward to getting everything back to normal."

"We ended up donating close to 56,000 slices," said Nick Stratman.

While the Mac n' Cheese pizzas started out as being the most popular fuel for hungry protestors at the Capitol, Stratman said lots of pizzas with vegetables were purchased as well. A big bulk of the donations came in the first 12 to 14 days, but the ordeal lasted a little over a month.

Actress Susan Sarandon, who donated to the cause and had been calling in "quite a bit" even dropped by on one of the earlier Saturdays, Stratman said.

Since the influx of orders ended, Stratman said it's been business as usual at Ian's, 115 State St.

People still come in to thank the staff or buy one of the shirts that features a spin on a trademark protest phrase, "this is what democracy tastes like." The shirts are available for purchase at the store for $15 or to be shipped for $20, Stratman said. They can also be purchased on the organization's Facebook page at go.madison.com/Ians.

The restaurant sent donations using a portion of the protest proceeds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Southwest Wisconsin and to Porchlight Inc., the page says.

 

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