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Obshchepit (Russian: общепит; IPA: [ɐpɕːɪˈpʲit], abbreviated from общественное питание, "public foodservice", "communal dining") was an industry in the former Soviet Union which handled food service via a system of "public eating establishments": diners, cafeteria, restaurants, etc.[1]

According to the latest All-Union Classification System of the National Economy, obshchepit was under the category "Trade and public foodservice".


  1. ^ "Food culture in Russia and Central Asia", by Glenn Randall Mack, Asele Surina, 2005, ISBN 0-313-32773-4, p. 114