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Should water in the restaurant cost something?

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Why is water not always free in restaurants?

The fact that water is not free in many restaurants and cafés often causes astonishment, sometimes even anger. Many people wonder why they have to pay for a staple that is available in abundance in Switzerland. In this blog post, we want to share a few perspectives on this.

Investing in quality and service

It's important to remember that even if the water comes out of the tap, it costs resources to treat, store and provide. Many restaurants rely on high-quality, filtered or even specially mineralized water to offer their guests a special experience. This means an additional investment on the part of the restaurant, which must be compensated for by the sale of drinks.

Staff and logistics

Serving the water does not happen by itself. It is the service staff who ensure that the glasses are clean and the carafes are always full. Cleaning the glasses and carafes and refilling them also takes time and effort, which incurs additional costs for the restaurant. These costs must also be taken into account when deciding whether or not to offer water free of charge.

Business considerations

Free offers are only possible up to a certain point, after which it becomes unprofitable for the restaurant. In many cases, the sale of drinks is an important revenue stream, helping to cover operating costs and increase profits. Restaurants need to think economically and ensure that their offerings are sustainable.

Controversy and customer demands

This is a controversial topic. Some take it for granted that water should be free, while others understand that the cost of quality and service must be covered. Some guests are willing to pay for special water offerings that emphasize local sourcing and sustainability. It is important to consider the needs and wishes of customers and possibly offer a choice of free and paid water alternatives.

Arguments for free water

There are also compelling arguments for offering free water in restaurants. Water is a staple food and a basic necessity that is essential for health. A free water service could help to increase guest satisfaction and improve the restaurant's image. In addition, it could be a way to attract guests and stand out positively from the competition. Restaurants could also find alternative ways to offset the cost of free water, such as by pricing other products or services.

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