It was one of my favorite hangouts the last few years and as is the fascination with watching an approaching train wreck where you see it coming but can't do anything about it, I watched the Dome being systematically run into the ground so that it was inevitable that something had to be done or it would do the passenger pigeon routine like so many Hollywood landmarks before it.
So I was glad to see that somebody with deep pockets bought in and was prepared to refurbish the place and re-establish its reputation, and it took almost a year for Le Dome to re-open.
But...the new investors appear to have committed the 2 cardinal sins, raise the prices and diminish the cuisine to the mere pedestrian. One of the alleged objects for the "new" Le Dome was to attract the 20-something crowd after the walker set toddled or rolled off to bed and so we come to last Saturday night, 11 PM and the whole of the Sunset Strip "heaving" with humanity...except Le Dome, that had a friend and me at the bar and perhaps 10 diners. Unfortunately this was no freak anomaly but the norm, and so have now completed my "survey" and regretfully will move on to another watering hole, and it is very sad to witness the demise of an "old friend". RIP