As first reported by other posters (thanks, of course), EB has been taking reservations for the 2004 year in advance of the usual single day in mid-January.
I wrote to the restaurant more than a month ago by e-mail (following my review of another poster's report on this board), and recently received the following response confirming a reservation for a single meal next year:
"Due the extraordinary demand that we have received and our limited dinner room capacity **we do not have any places more available for this season 2004** but we have tried to find a solution for you. With pleasure, I confirm your dinner reservation on XXX, 2004 for 2 people at XXX."
Viewers considering a visit in 2004 should consider acting immediately.