About GRS

About Global Restaurant Source:


In 2003, Global Restaurant source was founded by 2 partners with over 35 years combined experience in the restaurant design and supply industry. The Dayton, Ohio-based company quickly established itself as a part of one of the nation’s largest restaurant supply buying groups. This gives GRS the ability to offer incredible prices for the highest quality products in the industry, leading to the company building partnerships everywhere in the industry. The company has continued to grow and now supplies all things restaurant supply; flatware, table service, kitchen utensils, disposable supplies, etc., as well as custom equipment and furniture to suit all of your needs.

2006 led to an expansion and Global Restaurant Source acquired several properties, expanding its reach. Over the following years the company has revamped the website and added an online store so that our partners can quickly and easily re-order supplies as needed.

Our Goal:

GRS is an industry leader in all things restaurant related and always offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all products and services rendered.

Over the past 15 years the company has firmly established itself as one of the region’s leaders in restaurant design as well as in equipment and furniture supply. The ownership and the rest of the team believe in always doing the right thing and taking care of every detail in any project the company takes on. They find happiness in making dreams a reality for restaurant owners all over the world and take pride in their work.

Our goal is to make sure your operation is successful so that we can continue working together for years to come.

When taking on something as important as owning a restaurant you will find massive value in having an experienced partner like GRS to help guide the project while you focus on the details of running your business.

Global Restaurant Source is a Member of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Miami Valley Restaurant Association.

The Team:

Christopher Shay | Owner | CEO

About GRS: Owner – Chris Shay has specialized in the design, engineering, and the supply of interior design packages for many years. Christopher started working in the restaurant industry in high school. After he received a BA in architectural design in 1985 Chris immediately started working in the industry. He started by gaining industry experience for a prominent General Contractor as an Estimator and Project Manager. Two years later he started work at a well established restaurant supply house. The goal was to learn the industry in-depth with the intent to revitalize their entire Contract and Design Department.

In 1989, US Foods, a company in business since 1883, pulled the highest quality industry design professionals they could find. So Chris earned a place at the largest food-service supplier in the United States. Their intent was to become “the biggest and the best”. He worked there until they merged with a larger distributor from Belgium in 1997. Chris achieved great success and acquired a multitude of experiences throughout his tenure with the company. He designed, engineered and sold competitive packages for architects, general contractors, government agencies, and various states, counties, and cities, as well as; military bases, hotels, hospitals, universities, production plants, schools, nursing homes, entertainment, chain restaurants, independent restaurants, casinos, cafés, bars, nightclubs, stadiums, and coffee shops, etc., The project diversity was phenomenal, offering dozens of managed projects yearly. Each project ranged from $15 thousand to $4 million on average.