How restaurants are traffic with “Water served usually on request.”

April 2, 2015 - Essential Water

Starting this month H2O will be served usually on ask in California restaurants. Paul Chinn/The Chronicle

Starting this month H2O will be served usually on ask in California restaurants. Paul Chinn/The Chronicle

Water seems to be an emanate issuing to a forefront in grill service, as a new California law goes into outcome that prohibits restaurants from charity it unless requested by a customer.

Many restaurants have already started adhering to a law, and some places still have a tagline — “Water served on request” — on a menu from a final drought in a late 1980s and early 1990s.

Allyson Jossel, an owners of Nopa, Nopalito and Liholiho Yacht Club, pronounced they’ve had many meetings about how to not offer H2O though still be hospitable. It’s a conditions other restaurants have been struggling with in a final integrate of weeks.

Recently on a revisit to Bar Tartine we beheld a menu pronounced “Due to CA drought conditions, H2O will be served usually on request.” We didn’t ask though a waiter  came to a list with a bottle of H2O and put it on a list saying:  “Due to California law we can’t offer water, so you’ll have to flow your own.”


At another grill a waiter told us he wasn’t authorised to offer H2O on ask — and afterwards offering it.

At another place a server usually brought a pitcher automatically.

One owners pronounced that it competence be time to start pulling bottled H2O again. When we asked why, he pronounced that if it were constructed outward a state it wouldn’t exhaust a California supply. However, when we calculate a CO footprint of bottling and shipping, afterwards it becomes a doubt of that is a obtuse of dual evils.

It also struck me that in a land of plenty, and where H2O and bread are deliberate essential,  that a dual many distinguished asterisk equipment during a bottom of menus are: “Water served usually on request” and “Bread served on request.”

Which brings to mind a quote in “The Art of Eating” by M.F.K. Fisher, who lived in a Bay Area until her genocide in 1992:  “The smell of good bread baking, like a sound of easily issuing water, is wondrous in a evocation of ignorance and delight.”

I’d adore to hear your thoughts on a subject. Let’s plead it here, and also tomorrow. I’ll be hosting a ScribbleLive discuss on Inside Scoop during 1 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday); so greatfully join in and we can speak water, use and anything else that’s on your mind per Bay Area restaurants.

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