Epicurious.com is reporting (via CityPages) that a diner at the 20.21 restaurant in the Walker was charged a $1.50 surcharge for his single malt sans-ice:
My friend John just wrote me an irate note from Minneapolis. He’d met a friend at the Walker Art Center and after the performance ordered a single malt scotch at the restaurant 20-21. When the bill came, it listed $18 for the shot of booze and $1.50 as a “neat charge.” He was outraged. “They’re asking me to pay a fee for not having to put ice in single malt?” he raged.
Paying a surcharge on an $18 drink goes to show that the terrorists are winning.
I discussed this one with a few expert drinking friends who came to the conclusion that 20.21 probably served the “neat” drink in a low-ball, thus felt the need to charge extra for the extra liquor needed to fill the glass. If that’s the case, they should have been serving the scotch in a snifter, which would have prevented “John” from becoming “irate” over paying $19.50 rather than $18 for his drink.
Who wants to join me at 20.21 to find out how many olives it takes to generate a garnish surcharge on a martini?