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A down day on Wall Street may make many people see red, but not at New York's Trinity Place restaurant. The upscale restaurant and bar in the Financial District is offering a "Market Tanked? Get Tanked!" promotion with all drinks for $3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. whenever the market finishes in the red. "It has created a bit of fun at the bar," says Jason O'Brien, a managing partner at Trinity Place. "I wouldn't say (customers are) desperate to get a drink for $3, but they definitely appreciate it."
Pops for Champagne, a Champagne bar and club in Chicago, runs a "Penny a Point" promotion pegged to the stock market. One cent is deducted from a guest's tab for every point gain on the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the days when it rises. If the Dow is up 100 points, each guest receives a dollar off their bill. Cru, a one-Michelin-star restaurant in New York, launched "The New Deal Menu" after experiencing a 30% to 40% drop-off in business since September. Diners arriving before 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday can enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe menu for $49 instead of the regular $84. Options include the signature fluke crudo for an appetizer and filet of tile bass for an entree.
A "Soup Kitchen Cocktail Hour" at the Edison Lounge in downtown Los Angeles on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. provides customers complimentary grilled cheese melts and tomato soup and 35-cent Depression-era cocktails, such as the 401(k), a gin cocktail served in a half-empty glass. The lounge donates 25% of its net proceeds from the entire evening to local food banks and charities. The "Blue Tray Special" is a hit at Luna Park San Francisco and Luna Park Los Angeles. Rotating entrees, such as the honey-glazed grilled pork chop with arugula salad and cigar onion rings (regularly $19.50) sell for $10-$12 and are served on blue cafeteria-style trays. Cocktails served in matching blue glassware are $5.