Mao (restaurant chain)
|Genre||restaurant and takeaway chain|
Number of locations
|Owner||Colum and Ciarán Butler|
The first Mao restaurant opened on Chatham Row, Dublin in 1997. The name attracted some controversy, given Mao Zedong's role in the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, Great Chinese Famine and Sinicization of Tibet; during his time as dictator, he was responsible for millions of deaths. This first restaurant was decorated with Andy Warhol's famous silkscreen print of Mao.