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Enzo Fargione‘s Elisir, the newish Italian eatery in Penn Quarter that attracted a ton of attention over its 29-cent fee for filtered tap water, has now decided to provide the liquid refreshment for free. This is the second time this week that the restaurant has altered its position on the matter. In an email to Y&H alum and current Washingtonian critic Todd Kliman, Fargione explains:
“Sometimes in the frenetic first few weeks of opening and operating a new business, decisions are made that, though they seem to make sense at the time, ultimately prove to be the wrong decisions. The easy thing to do would be to stand pat and weather the storm that a wrong decision might cause, but we’re not afraid to admit that our initial and subsequent water charges did not best meet the needs of our guests. In an effort to best serve our valued guests, Elisir has decided to do away completely with charges for our in-house filtered and bottled sparkling and still water.”