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Here’s Why Elisir Is Charging You 29 Cents For Water

"The city water in D.C. is notoriously bad and in deference to our guests' health we don't want to offer 'Chateau Potomac.' If people insist, we will of course oblige them with tap water, but we feel that bottomless sparkling or still bottled water for .29[cents] is more than fair."—Justin Kraemer, general manager of Penn Quarter's forthcoming eatery Elisir, dishing to DCist about the restaurant's plan to charge customers 29 cents for filtered water

Photo by Jorge Barrios


  1. #1

    We will reach out to the restaurant management. There is an interesting contrast between Mr. Kraemer and those of the 120+ restaurants in our TapIt program (, which allows customers to fill up their reusable water bottles for free.

  2. #2

    TapIt!!!!!!!!!!!! he he

  3. #3

    Is it such a good idea to slam any aspect of the city where your restaurant is opening? True or not, I feel like he could have found a more polite way to phrase that.

  4. #4

    Or they could do like Zaytinya and provide filtered water or sparkling gratis. The cost is negligible and it doesn't look petty or cheap. . . just classy. And in fairness, if a place provides sparkling gratis, don't guzzle it like a teenager drinking Mountain Dew.

  5. #5

    WHO CARES...............

  6. #6

    Makes them look like cheapos who hate their customers. Offputting!

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