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Depardieu announces restaurant plans

Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

SARANSK, Russia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- French actor Gerard Depardieu has announced plans to open a restaurant in central Russia where he has recently been granted residency, officials said.

On Sunday, Depardieu, 64, toured a cheese factory where he selected cheese that will be used in his restaurant, RIA Novosti reported.

"This will be special cheese. Depardieu has requirements for the design and packing," Valery Maresyev, the press and information minister of Russia's Mordovia republic, told reporters.

Depardieu also toured a local poultry farm and an agricultural complex on Sunday and "was pleased" with the quality of the products, which he compared to the European ones, Maresyev said.

The French actor, who moved to Saransk, the capital of Mordovia to evade high taxes in France, said that he plans to open an inexpensive restaurant where "working people will go to snack."

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