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A food truck that specializes in Vietnamese, French and vegetarian food in Keene, N.H. accepts bitcoin, according to Free Keene, a pro-decentralization and pro-bitcoin organization in New Hampshire, a very independence-minded state in the U.S. The food truck features a bitcoin sign and may be the first food truck in the U.S. to accept bitcoin.

Isasbelle Rose operates the Bon Vivant food truck.

Isasbelle Rose operates the Bon Vivant food truck.

Bon Vivant – Gourmet Street Food operated by entrepreneur Isabelle Rose offers Vietnamese, French and vegetarian fare and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rose began making Vietnamese food for the local farmers market in 2009. She was able to launch her food truck without borrowing money.

Bitcoin Contagious In Keene

Rose said she decided to accept bitcoin after learning about it from Free Keene. Chris Rietmann, who owns Route 101 Local Goods in Keene, also encouraged her to accept bitcoin. The food truck is one of a growing number of Keene businesses that accept bitcoin.

Bon Vivant has already gained a listing on Coinmap, a website that includes locations that accept bitcoin worldwide.

Keene has more bitcoin friendly businesses on a per capita basis than San Francisco, which is considered the world’s most bitcoin friendly big city. San Francisco has about 114 businesses that accept bitcoin and a total population of more than 837,000. Keene has 13 businesses that accept bitcoin and a total population of 23,000.


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Hence, Keene has a Bitcoin-accepting business for every 1,769 people, four times San Francisco’s concentration.

Keene Bitcoiners Network

Keene’s bitcoin-accepting network can be viewed on the Keene Bitcoin Network Facebook page.

Bitcoin fever is spreading in independence-minded New Hampshire. CCN recently reported that a major restaurant in Portsmouth recently began accepting bitcoin. The restaurant, called Street, is in the west end of Portsmouth, and it accepts bitcoin for everything on the menu, which features a global menu including lamb shawarma, Singapore salad, empanadas, pho, falafel, bánh mì, and bibimbap (a Korean dish).

Free Keene claims government coercion is entrenched in society. While people are led to believe the government is good, Free Keene believes it is wrong to force people to pay for unwanted services or to threaten people to make them do things they don’t want to do. It claims that government “solutions” create more problems than they solve, citing the War on Drugs.

Also read: Major Portsmouth restaurant accepts bitcoin; supporting New Hampshire’s ‘Free State’ movement

Voluntary Society Movement Grows

The next suggested step is toward a voluntary society, which Free Keene believes is accomplished using market-based actions. It calls its movement evolution as opposed to revolution. Free Keene offers free audio books and encourages people to move to Keene to join its voluntary society.

Featured image from Shutterstock.

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Posted by Lester Coleman

Lester Coleman is a media relations consultant for the payments and automated retailing industries. He is available for writing and media relations assignments.