After initial hesitation, many small businesses such as restaurants and cafes, which were hit hard by the pandemic-induced lockdown, are now warming to the idea of cryptocurrencies to make up for losses over the past two years. A restaurant in New Delhi’s Connaught Place has decided to accept payments in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin and others. The restaurant, Ardor 2.1, has also designed a special “digital thali” to entice the customers. The restaurant is popular for naming its thalis after catchy names and phrases like Bahubali thali, United India thali and 56 inch thali.
The digital thali (available for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian) offered by Ardor 2.1 features dishes that derive their name from crypto. For example, there are Polygon Pita and Falafel, Bunny Burger with Chili Fries, Solana Chana Bhatura, Ethereum Butter Chicken with Kulcha, Doge Fried Rice and Bitcoin Tikka.
Polygon is a protocol and a framework for building and connecting Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks, and a payment solutions platform based on the Bunny Ethereum blockchain. Solana is a public blockchain platform that has long been considered a rival to Ethereum.
In a vlog for Delhi Food Nest, its owner said that the restaurant has decided to encourage those paying in cryptocurrency by reducing the cost by 20 percent.
“We decided to give our guests some digital experience with a completely digital menu. We were thinking of doing something in crypto after a friend of mine told me about it. Although it’s a gray area, we decided ‘let’s go ahead and give it a shot.’ We also wanted to see feedback on how many people had invested in crypto,” said the owner.
The cost of a digital thali is Rs. 2,099 (plus tax) for non-vegetarian people and Rs. 1,999 (plus tax) for vegetarians. The restaurant’s move appears to capitalize on the cryptocurrency craze.