Chilean Nightclub to Pioneer Bitcoin in Latin America

California_Cantinachile08 Jan 2014 / PanAm Post – California Cantina in Santiago will become the first restaurant in Chile, and the first nightclub in all of Latin America, to accept bitcoins, according to their director of press and public relations, Sonia Galleguillos.

Officially launching on January 8, the restaurant will be a bitcoin “pioneer” for Latin America, said Galleguillos. She adds that the club has received significant interest on social media regarding the restaurant’s decision to accept the digital currency, in addition to Chilean pesos.

​​The restaurant will utilize an application developed by Coin4ce, the most prominent company for buying and selling bitcoins in Chile. The application will allow patrons to make purchases through their smartphones, by scanning QR codes generated by restaurant iPads that facilitate the process.

Adam Stradling, founder at — which he describes as a Chile-based bitcoin company supporting customers in Chile and Mexico — notes that the Bitcoin ecosystem in Latin America is currently lagging behind the United States. He adds that while there are now thousands of merchants accepting bitcoins in the United States, there are only a few in Chile.

Transaction confirmation delays are often a primary concern regarding the viability of bitcoin as a functional currency, due to the highly complex algorithms required to confirm transactions on the bitcoin network. According to material provided by Galleguillos, purchases at the restaurant should complete within 20 seconds, and will allow the restaurant to avoid typical credit card payment processing fees from firms such as Transbank….. Read more

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