‘‘Some customers are trying to figure out where is the catch,’’ Maya said. ‘‘And there really is no trick. It’s the same menu, the same food, the same everything.’’
The decision has been mildly profitable: The Maya restaurant has brought in nearly $10,000 in pesos in the first month. Maya deposits the money in an Argentine bank account and then uses a debit card to extract the money to buy food and supplies. Though some money is lost in the process, he says some earnings amount to extra business and he doesn’t plan to stop accepting pesos until currency controls are eased.
‘‘We'll do it as long as it lasts,’’ he said.
Gustavo Gonzalez said he and his family had just enough money for their 10-day vacation, dividing up their purchases between credit cards and the dollars they were able to obtain. He said they'd likely spend less overall and visit the Maya restaurant several times so they could pay in pesos.
‘‘It comes out a lot cheaper for us,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re paying the same we would in Argentina.’’
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