A RESTAURANT in Bournemouth is to start selling its food using a form of cryptocurrency.
Central Story, in Christchurch Road in Boscombe, says it will break new ground in the restaurant industry by allowing its customers to purchase food with Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
NFTs are cryptographic assets based on blockchain technology and cannot be exchanged or traded equivalently like other cryptographic assets, such as Bitcoin.
Essentially, this means customers can buy any of three unique NFTs and purchase anything from Central Story’s street food menu.
Pete Brozyna, the owner of the restaurant, said his eatery will offer a gold, silver and bronze NFT which gives “never-before-seen access to our restaurant”.
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He said: “Each NFT comes with an unparalleled perk – unlimited food for a year. Each NFT tier also allows the creation of your very own food menu item, which will be added to our restaurant’s menu.
“The visual prompts for our NFTs were created using ChatGPT, a sophisticated AI language model.
“The visual art was created using Midjourney, an innovative platform that brings together art and technology.
“We are proud to embrace modern technology and AI to create these unique digital assets that represent our restaurant.”
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Mr Brozyna assured customers who may be skeptical to the new and “innovative” idea that it is completely safe.
“We understand that some people may have concerns about the authenticity and safety of NFTs, but we want to assure our customers that our NFTs are minted on a secure and reliable blockchain network,” he said.
“We take the safety and security of our customers seriously, and we believe that our NFTs are a fun and innovative way for our customers to engage with our brand while supporting a great cause.”
He added he was not in the NFT business to make money.
He said: “We are also proud to announce that all proceeds from the sale of these NFTs will be donated to a kid’s charity in the Bournemouth area.
“As a restaurant that is deeply committed to the community, we believe that it’s important to give back, and we are excited to use our NFT launch as an opportunity to support a great cause.”