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Second State—the restaurant that charges $1 extra for artisanal cubes from a boutique ice company in its cocktails—opens today.
This upcharge, the first explicitly listed on a drink menu in D.C., has really struck a nerve. Since Y&H published a story about it a week and a half ago, the ice price has provided fodder for (or bursts of outrage from) Jezebel, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Eater, CityLab, Salon, New York Magazine, and even Fox News. (The culture wars are ON.)
Many have remarked that they would not pay $1 extra to have a drink “served on a rock.” So Y&H used advanced technology to develop a new cube that’s worth the up-charge.
Ideally, it’s used to chill a $14 cocktail.
Photo by Jessica Sidman