CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – A cryptocurrency-themed restaurant that additionally accepts crypto as fee is now open in Clearwater Seaside.
“Crypto Street Restaurant” opened in December and is positioned at 309 Coronado Drive.
Proprietor Ricardo Varona beforehand owned a restaurant and mentioned he needed to vary issues up and do one thing that was extra of an impartial concept.
Cryptocurrency was that concept, even when he did should be taught somewhat first.
“It was one thing that my oldest son launched me to and I used to be on the opposite facet. I used to be completely like, ‘you’re going to lose your cash, why are you doing [that], that’s price nothing,” Varona mentioned.
Over the course of some years and a category, Varona mentioned he did a “360.”
“I made a decision ‘let me do one thing that has to do crypto and folks my age don’t learn about it might probably perceive it,’” Varona defined.
Crypto Road Restaurant serves up a wide range of delicacies, all named, or quickly to be named, after cryptocurrencies and the like.
The menu contains handheld dishes just like the “Crypto Cuban,” “DogeDog” and the “Community” grilled cheese. Additionally they provide salads, home made chili, charcuterie, and extra. Ice cream specialties are served up for dessert.
“There’s plenty of seafood in Clearwater so we have now some, and we’re going to introduce some extra. However we began extra with American classics with a Hispanic aptitude in it,” Varona mentioned.
Whereas visitors can nonetheless pay in a conventional method, diners who use cryptocurrency have gotten extra widespread in eating places.
“It’s rising. So at the start, we had a short time, then we had one right here, there. Now it’s like we get [some] each week,” Varona mentioned. “Principally Bitcoin, however we’ve additionally acquired Dogecoin, we’ve acquired Shiba Inu, so such as you’re meme cash and stuff like that.”
He has printouts of barcodes of his crypto receiver accounts to make issues quick and straightforward for patrons.
Varona mentioned he’s getting plenty of assist from the crypto neighborhood, from analysts who go to and others. He’s in a position to cross on that info to prospects and even assist individuals open accounts with the preferred cryptocurrency providers. He recommends locations the place he’s had good experiences and can speak about any hidden charges he’s run into.
He mentioned Crypto Road Restaurant is usually for those that are new to it and wish to be taught, but additionally for these very a lot into crypto who benefit from the location as a result of there aren’t many locations prefer it.
Crypto Road Restaurant is open Wednesdays by way of Sundays starting at 11 a.m. Varona mentioned his objective is to be open seven days every week by the tip of February.