The Dog and Duck Maui Origin Story

In their formative years, Mick Ryan and Chris Turquet were inseparable companions, attending the prestigious St. Helier Boys School on the serene island of Jersey in the English Channel. Their young minds, filled with dreams and ambitions, were as eager as they were at eleven years old.

The globe became their playground as they set out on myriad adventures, chasing the sun across continents, each new location offering an exciting canvas for work and life. Their journey eventually led them to the shimmering city of Los Angeles, where their paths momentarily diverged. Mick was lured by the tropical allure of Hawaii, while Chris was anchored in California by the bonds of matrimony.

In Maui, Mick showcased his architectural prowess by erecting the Kihei Movie Theaters in 1993, a feat that etched his name in the annals of the island’s history. As fate would have it, Mick and Chris found their paths intertwining again in the lush greenery of Kauai, Hawaii. There, they collaborated on a project of substantial magnitude, constructing the luxurious condominiums at Whalers Cove. Their professional synergy was undeniable and led to another joint venture – the construction of the movie theater at Queen Kaahumanu.

Their partnership was not merely restricted to their professional lives. They shared a deep, personal bond that only strengthened over the years. Gratitude was a constant in their relationship; they cherished the rare gift of not just being business partners, but amazing friends whose bond had stood the test of time.

It was during this era that Mick purchased a house in Kihei. A humorous anecdote from the final walk-through of the house has Mick expressing concern over potential lawsuits from falling coconuts. He then noticed a duck, whom he was surprised to learn was now part of the property deal. The tenants affectionately named the duck ‘Pato’, a name that would eventually hold legendary significance.

The dynamic between Pato and a pitbull, brought by a friend to Mick’s property, was a spectacle to behold. Pato, the mischievous thief, would often steal the pit bull’s food, leading to playful scuffles in the yard. This unusual camaraderie caught the attention of Tony, a Liverpool native nursing a heartbreak under Mick’s roof. Tony’s daily repetition of “Mick, Mick, how’s the dog and duck,” ended up inspiring the name of Mick and Chris’ future venture.

In 2007, Mick proceeded to make plans to open the bar. He asked Chris to be his business partner on the bar, to which Chris initially replied, “no thank you”. However, he soon came to his senses, and Chris and Mick embarked on this new adventure. A testament to their enduring friendship and professional relationship, they named it “The Dog and Duck.”

To this day, the patrons of the bar are greeted by a picture of the legendary Pato, forever immortalized on the wall.

The Original Dog and Duck

The Dog and Duck was a tavern built upon St George’s Fields in London in the 17th century. It was named after the sport of duck-baiting, that took place in adjacent wetland. In the 18th century its gardens were used as a spa but, by the 1770s, with spas no longer fashionable, it declined into a rowdy location for concerts. The magistrates refused to renew its licence, despite protracted legal disputes, and it closed in 1799. The building was then used as a School for the Indigent Blind and demolished in 1812, when the new Bethlem Hospital was built upon the site. That building is now used by the Imperial War Museum.
Dog and Duck tavern

What Dog and Duck Customers Say

Horace Ramos
Horace Ramos
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What a gem when it comes to Irish food in island! Their Corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mashed, and chicken milanese are my favorites for sure!
Jeff Sturgeon
Jeff Sturgeon
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Being IRISH I found it a delight, the food was great and all of the staff ABSOLUTELY ROCKS!!!!!!!!! Friendly bartenders · Romantic atmosphere · Fun atmosphere · Late-night menu · Live sports · Local hangout · Great food
Erin
Erin
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Fell in love with this local spot ! The people that work there are awesome and friendly ! Chelsey is such a sweetie and love Mic and Chris the owners, great people!! The story is great behind the name of the Dog and Duck We had a really fun time with locals and good atmosphere. Came here a few nights with some friends that live in Wailuku and had such a fun time ! One night, there was a local/live band playing and drinks were reasonably priced too! Definitely coming back and planning to return in the fall again ! Thanks Dog and Duck for good memories !
Anne B.
Anne B.
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What is better than a Guinness on the patio, enjoying the warm island breeze? Maybe the fact that the bartender was super nice and attentive! She checked on us several times, filling our water glasses and making us feel welcome. I'd like to come back and try the food in the future.
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