Uncover a new crypto-themed hot dog shop on Clearwater Beach. Rocket ships, bitcoin symbols, statements from Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. And vivid representations of the dog meme from the cryptocurrency dogecoin. Can be found on the walls of a new café on Clearwater Beach.
According to Ricardo Varona, the one-of-a-kind decor serves a function. According to Varona, the proprietor of Crypto Street Restaurant. The goal is to get guests talking about cryptocurrencies, which are digital currencies. That operate on a decentralized platform known as the blockchain.
The Residence Inn by Marriott hotel at 309 Coronado Drive. Which has a restaurant on the main floor, celebrated its grand opening earlier this month. With a celebration. Cousins Maine Lobster once occupied the site where it is now located.
The menu has classic American and Hispanic dishes that have been given a crypto-themed makeover. Such as “Crypto Cuban” sandwiches, “Dogedog” hot dogs, “To The MOOOONNN!” brownie sundaes, and others.
All cryptocurrencies, including “sh**tcoins,” are accepted. At Crypto Street Restaurant, according to Varona.
He expressed his hope that it will serve as a forum for dispelling myths and pique the attention. Of more people in the currency trend. Since the restaurant’s opening, Varona. It has said he has assisted customers in setting up Coinbase accounts.
Varona revealed how he came up with the idea for the restaurant concept. During an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. Abridged and clarified versions of this interview have been provided.
How was this idea for a cryptocurrency restaurant born?
That have a 24-year-old son who has expressed interest in cryptocurrency to me in the past. “No, you’re insane,” I said emphatically on the other side. “It doesn’t amount to anything.” What a blunder I made.
I went back and looked at it again and liked it. I wanted to open [a restaurant that accepted bitcoins as payment]. But it seemed like such a strange idea at first. I had a strong desire to own a franchise. There was also a lot going on in the world because of the pandemic. Maintaining the profit margin was difficult. And we are aware of the supply chain concerns and other difficulties.
It kept thinking about how I wanted to do something different, something new. And I kept thinking about cryptocurrency…. I estimated how much it would cost to try something different, ended my relationship with the franchise. Also began working on Crypto Street.
So far, the younger crowd has responded positively and has returned. When it comes to the older generation, there are a lot of individuals. That are interested and have tales that are similar to mine. About how their son or grandchild taught them something. As a result, it generates some really interesting dialogues.
Has it been difficult to get customers to accept it? How do you conduct business?
We’ve only done a few transactions with cryptocurrency so far. But a lot of people are interested in learning more about it. There are also those persons who have simply sold it or who intend. To cling onto it for the foreseeable future. However, a large number of people recognize that employing it provides value and uncover.
Although it is possible to accept payments through a merchant account. Many people prefer to work on a peer-to-peer basis. It’s secure in the sense that you uncover know you’re sending it. To the correct address and that it doesn’t travel via a bank.