Mao (restaurant chain)

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Genrerestaurant and takeaway chain
FounderGraham Campbell
HeadquartersDublin, Ireland
Number of locations
Area served
OwnerColum and Ciarán Butler

Mao (stylized MAO or Mao At Home) is an Irish-headquartered restaurant chain, serving Asian cuisine: Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Singaporean, Sichuan and Mongolian dishes are all offered.[1]


Interior of MAO Dún Laoghaire, 2004.

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.[2]

Andy Warhol's Mao print, a replica of which decorated the first MAO.

In 2010 the chain went into receivership and was sold to Colm and Ciarán Butler.[3][4]


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  2. ^ "Doing the rice thing".
  3. ^ "Sale of Mao restaurant chain almost complete".
  4. ^ "Restaurant chain Cafe Mao forced into receivership -".

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