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Selling Tap Water as Bottled Water.... [moved from Los Angeles board]

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Selling Tap Water as Bottled Water.... [moved from Los Angeles board]

lambrusche | Mar 6, 2009 07:41 AM

FYI... So the new trend in Los Angeles fine dining appears to be selling filtered tap water as spring water. Should this be legal... do restaurants have a moral responsibility to have a disclaimer.
Here is the link for the filter:

http://www.naturawater.com/

The bottles are meant to look exactly like VOSS, but come to the table unsealed. The restaurant usually charges the same price as San Pelligrino, Panna or Perrier, but obviously costs them a fraction of the price. Restaurants using this device include AOC, Enoteca Drago and Mozza.
I asked the manager at AOC about the charge for tap water and the charge was discretely removed from the bill.

I don't mind drinking filtered tap water, god knows I do at home, but the fact that these restaurants are going out of their way to make a buck on it, as well as to deceive their clientele is dishonest and reprehensible. Its bad enough we pay 8$ for a bottle of water, now we are being given tap water.

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