Restaurant's Wager Costs It 50% Off Customer Tabs

Ruth's Chris offers percent off based on Michigan game's point differential—which was 78 points
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2016 9:41 AM CDT
Restaurant Promo May Have Been Big Mis-Steak
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No one expected the University of Michigan to blow out Rutgers so utterly and completely during Saturday night's football game—least of all the Ann Arbor location of one of the country's most high-end restaurants. Now in its Monday morning quarterback role, Ruth's Chris Steak House is likely regretting its promotion from last week in which it said it would offer fans a percentage off of their meals equal to the point differential in the final score of the game, the Detroit Free Press reports. "Attention #UMfootball fans! When Michigan wins, you win!" read the Friday Facebook post announcing the deal.

Except that final score turned out to be Wolverines 78, Scarlet Knights 0, the largest spread in more than 70 years, meaning … 78% off of everyone's tab? The Free Press notes the restaurant took somewhat of a preemptive strike with the offer, which allowed for only a 50% reduction on the bill, doesn't include booze, and can't be piggybacked onto other offers. The specially priced porterhouses, filets, and strips will be grilled up through Thursday, though the restaurant notes on Facebook there's no more availability. (Maybe Rutgers players have been too distracted by their Bruce Springsteen theology studies?)

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