Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Russians Visit Restaurant Solutions

Restaurant Solutions Inc.

June 7, 2006 8:36 AM EDT

Staff photo by Todd R. McQueen
Restaurant Solutions Inc. owner Rob Porter discusses products to the visiting Russian group.

Russians visit Marietta business for restaurant ideas
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 8:36 AM EDT
By Jon Gillooly

Marietta Daily Journal Staff WriterMARIETTA -

When 52-year-old Ivan Vasilyevich learned of a chance to fly to the U.S. and learn about its restaurant culture, he jumped at the opportunity. He lives in the Russian city of Bryansk, south of Moscow.Vasilyevich owns a wholesale food business that employs about 50, including his two sons, ages 22 and 24. He and 17 other Russians spent Tuesday at Marietta-based Restaurant Solutions, at the corner of Austell Road and South Cobb Drive.There, they examined the latest restaurant equipment, from deep fryers and blenders, to popcorn machines.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the program is called Special American Business Internship Training, or SABIT, Food Service Program. It kicked off in Washington, D.C., before heading south to metro Atlanta for a stop on the way to Las Vegas."What I really like is that the American government is making steps, very specific steps, to facilitate contacts between Russian and American businesses," Vasilyevich said.Restaurant Solutions General Manager Jim Wilmot said the group contacted him a few months ago, after finding his business on the Internet, and asked if the group could stop by for a tour.Owner Rob Porter said, "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming,'" Wilmot recalled with a laugh.Wilmot said international sales are common for the Marietta company. It frequently sells kitchen equipment to such African nations as Nigeria.Wilmot led the group of Russians through the company's warehouse, pointing out how various machines work.Through a translator, the Russians peppered him with questions. The overall concern was how to maintain the equipment. Although it's more expensive to buy things in Europe due to the strong value of the Euro, at least vendors there provide contacts to handle maintenance.

Before he started his own business, Vasilyevich said he worked as an engineer for a defense manufacturer under the former Soviet Union."I had a very good job," he said. "I was reasonably well off in the Soviet Union, but I personally think that the country, as a whole, won more than it lost after the change."That's not to say all Russians favored the end of the Soviet Union."People viewed it very differently depending on their own attitude and culture and age because there were certain Communist Party people who worked for the party," he said. "They lost everything, and for many people it was tragic because their life was absolutely ruined. For me, it was an opportunity."But Vasilyevich said it is still much easier to do business in the United States."American life, on the whole, is better organized to start a business. You don't put in that much effort. It's natural business problems," he said. "But in our country, you know, sometimes the law is not well developed. People may not view a business positively, culturally. You know, we have more problems starting a business than Americans."When speaking about America, the subject of the Iraqi war often comes up in conversation, he said."I personally support the decision," he said, noting that he does not represent the majority of his people. "Someone should accept responsibility in this world, and it's not easy. It's really important to have a force in the world, a responsible force, and it was a very important decision on the part of the American Government."

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Saturday, February 25, 2006


We are please to announce a new line of free ship quality commercial grade wood chairs and bar stools to our site.

Please see:

Thanks to many of our terrific customers.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Happy Holidays

Restaurant Solutions wishes to convey a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all and a special thanks to our customers.

Here is to your prosperity in the coming year.

We will re-open for business on 12-27

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Price Increases

Note !

As of the first of the year, many of our suppliers are hitting us with price increases.

We, unfortunately, will have to pass these on to our customers.

Accordingly, if you are considering purchases, we suggest you buy before the end of the year.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Great News!

We have hired additional help and as of the first of the year, we will have a live order on line "Used Equipment Page".

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Shipping Costs

Regretfully we have had to nominally increase our shipping costs to help cover the fuel surcharges.

We held our rate and lost money on the freight for 60 days as promised.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Shipping Costs

We had stated earlier that we would not change our freight costs for 60 days.

The first of November, this period is up and we'll have no choice, but to add an increase due to the fuel surcharges we are paying due to recent hurricane damage to refineries and increase in fuel costs.

We regret this action, but with our low margins, we have no choice.