KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV
Jordi Lippe-McGraw
April 14, 2016

Themed restaurants are nothing new, but having one centered on Vladimir Putin is certainly a first. The President Café, which opened in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia last month, features pictures of the controversial Russian ruler from his childhood to time in the Kremlin, as well as a menu of Presidential delights.

While guests chow down on the “President’s Salad” and sipping Russian flag-colored cocktails, diners can get a glimpse of Putin in a schoolboy uniform, posing with his wife, or engaging in judo. There’s even a life-sized cutout for photos.

"When we got together with partners to open a new cafe, we thought of a concept that would attract customers and guarantee its success," co-owner Dmitry Zhdanov told local news website Sib.fm. "And it then dawned on us: Russia still had no cafe or restaurant fully dedicated to Putin, Russia's most popular politician! This is how our concept appeared."

Of course, Putin is not the only politician they hoped to capitalize on. In the bathroom, pictures of Barack Obama and U.S. allies adorn the walls. "I am neutral towards Western politicians," added Zhdanov. "This is just business, nothing personal. People react the way they consider appropriate, and we give them this opportunity," he said. "But, in general, we see this as entertainment."

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