September 19, 2021

McDonald's and other major chains in El Salvador are already accepting bitcoin

McDonald's restaurant chain in El Salvador began accepting bitcoin after cryptocurrency was approved as official means of payment on Tuesday.


“Just stopped by McDonald’s in San Salvadorfind out if it is possible to pay for breakfast with bitcoin, and, in truth, was completely ready to refuse, - writes journalist Aaron van Wyrdum. “But to my surprise, they printed out a QR code that took me to the Lightning Network account page. Now I am enjoying a traditional breakfast. "

An OpenNode service representative confirmed thatMcDonald's Salvadoran branches do accept bitcoin as of today, as does the Panda Express network. He also promised that integrations with other "multi-billion dollar companies" will be announced this week.

“OpenNode has worked with all sorts of majorcompanies in El Salvador to add support for bitcoin payments in less than two months, the company said. - From digital wallets to mobile network operators, from large retailers to insurance companies, from fast food restaurants to industrial firms. The Lighting Network, in particular, enables everyday Bitcoin payments to be efficient and scalable. For countries like El Salvador, bitcoin presents an incredible economic opportunity. "

Together with the entry into force of the law on recognitionbitcoin as a means of payment, the official Chivo crypto wallet was released. El Salvador President Nayyib Bukele announced that shortly after the launch, the wallet had to be suspended in order to increase resources.

"Installation problems encounteredsome have arisen for this reason. We preferred to fix them before reconnecting, he wrote. "It's a pretty obvious problem, but we can't fix it while the system is online."

Also, according to Bitcoin Magazine, Pizza Hut restaurants have started accepting bitcoin in El Salvador.