Though there is not a strict requirement for a place to become a Bitcoin boulevard, Bay Area in San Francisco is definitely going to become one such place as close to 12 restaurants, cafes and food shops accept Bitcoin. Now, customers can pay for food and drink using their digital currency, and meet like-minded people looking to do the same.
The latest addition in the list of the organizations accepting Bitcoin is the Curry Up Now which operates from two locations e.g. San Francisco and Palo Alto. The food outlet sells low-alcohol cocktails and sangria, similar to the San Mateo location’s Mortar & Pestle bar. Now it looks like good days for Bitcoins are around the corner in the Bay Area.
According to Coinmap, a total of 12 restaurants, cafes and food shops in the Bay Area currently take the alternate currency and provide an excellent opportunity for Bitcoiners to spend their money. Most of these outlets use BitPay, which allows restaurants to process the digital currency and be paid in U.S. dollars, with only a small transaction fee.
Small transaction fee attracts shop owners to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment and that seems to be the major USP of the digital currency as well. The San Mateo location of Curry Up Now which has been accepting the digital currency for a few months now admits that it is comparatively better payment option than various other options available.
According to Darrel Oribello regional manager at Curry Up Now his initial reservation was that it wouldn’t be popular or that it would hold up the line. However, he says that it has been a smooth process, though and according to him there is no difference between when someone is paying with Bitcoin or credit cards.
Several other restaurants admit that over the last couple of weeks a number of customers have paid bills in Bitcoin. Though they make it clear that it not that a lot of customers pay in Bitcoin, it is quite evident that the several customers have tried to pay using the digital currency and that has left an impression that it has bright future.
Most of the restaurant-owners in Bay Area believe that Bitcoin has bright future and as several new outlets are accepting it; its legitimacy will expand further. Some outlets that accept Bitcoin include Coupa Cafe (Palo Alto), Nara Sushi, Nova Rosti (San Rafael), Ocean Blue Sushi Club (Sunnyvale), Outland Java (Half Moon Bay), Ramen Underground (San Francisco), etc.
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