Remember last May when Klubb Rouge and the new China Doll opened to much fanfare, when people joked about having two China Dolls in Sanlitun (in Tongli and 3.3), and when we seemed destined for a future of life-affirming sunshine and gumdrop smiles, lollipops and unicorns? So do I (well, except for that last part).
Eight months later, Klubb Rouge is shuttered except for one-off events (it hosted one Friday), Club China Doll is for rent (posters are plastered all over Tongli), and as of yesterday China Doll 3.3 is at least taking a little hiatus. According to sources there, it closed for remodeling of its lounge and will be “hibernating” for a few months (good choice of word, given the bear market). As the place was packed during the Olympics and charged covers of up to RMB500, I suppose something spectacular is in the works.