The calendar says Nov. 2, but Ruth's Chris Steakhouse has rolled out an aggressive promotion to try to get companies to book their holiday parties early.
The deal: book by Nov. 20 and receive a $400 gift card toward a future visit. The fine print on the offer says the minimum food and beverage spend to get the $400 bonus is $2,000.
It's hard to say whether the folks at Ruth's Chris are feeling a bit nervous about the upcoming holiday season, or whether they're just trying to beat the competition for holiday bookings. But with leaves still on the trees, it seems likely that we may see other restaurants follow suit with similar corporate party offers.