Maui Dog to Close Up Shop

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Sad news from the Valley hot dog scene: Maui Dog, the colorful eatery of island-inspired dogs, burgers, and sliders which opened last July on Indian School Road and 36th Street in Central Phoenix, is closing its doors for good at the end of this year.

Owner John Stamatakis, who spoke to me in August about a possible relocation, says the deal has fallen through and due to a 60 percent increase in rent at his current location, he can no longer be profitable.

"I'm devastated," Stamatakis tells me. "This was my baby, my dream. And all the accolades I've received don't seem to matter. I've lost everything. I'm broke."

Stamatakis says that sales were up from last year, but not enough to make up for the increase in rent. He adds that he might continue to try and find a new location, perhaps in Tempe, or look into a food truck, but for now, has no immediate plans.

Those wanting their last Maui Dog can stop by through Wednesday, December 28, the restaurant's last day of business.

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Location Info

Maui Dog - CLOSED

3538 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

I wish all the best for John. I love the place; it's one of the places that makes my neighborhood so darn cool.

Benjamin Leatherman
Benjamin Leatherman

"The Landlord's here to visitThey're blasting disco down belowSez, "I'm doubling up the rentCos the building's condemnedYou're gonna help me buy City Hall" 

Benjamin Leatherman
Benjamin Leatherman

"The Landlord's here to visitThey're blasting disco down belowSez, "I'm doubling up the rentCos the building's condemnedYou're gonna help me buy City Hall" 

Chris Lee
Chris Lee

Definitely a bummer. Good guy. Good food. 

I'm guessing that landlords in the Arcadia are are getting itchy with the success of Beckett's Table and the excitement that is being generated about other new eateries going into the area (Crudo, North w/Chris Curtiss).

My bet is that this landlord has delusions of grandeur but unless someone's going to raze that building, I think he'd be very lucky to get that kind of rent.

Hope Maui Dog resurfaces!!

foodiebear
foodiebear

That fucking sucks! If I were the king of things good people would have good things happen to them. The landlord sounds like a real asshole and should be ashamed for being so greedy. With so many empty spaces throughout the valley Id imagine finding a new bricks and mortar shouldn't be a problem. Perhaps look into crowdfunding for some alternative way to finance this venture.

Hector Jaime Acuna
Hector Jaime Acuna

I'm going to hit Maui for lunch this Friday to pay me respects. If anyone wants to join me and my kid, holler up.

Jason P. Woodbury
Jason P. Woodbury

John, amigo, please set sail on the seas of the food truck movement. Phoenix needs your sweet bread buns and snappy, funky dogs. In the meantime, I'll be in soon. A couple times.

Don't get Me Started
Don't get Me Started

 Any landlord willing to raise rent to such a degree probably has a plan already in place for new tenancy at the property. I predict something decidedly less proprietary. Let's pray it's not another yogurt shop, God forbid: Put your cup of on the scale, pay and have your card punched, please. And if it's another cupcake shop coming soon, may the Apocalypse come sooner.

Todd
Todd

Interesting to see if the landlord actually gets another business in there at the new rate...much less a business that has raked in so many awards like Maui Dog.

Jcvance22
Jcvance22

I'm sure a quizno's will be there in a few months

Getlevel
Getlevel

Unfortunate that the landlord would rather an empty building than try to keep a struggling business alive. Perhaps it'll only bring John to a better location, with better business and I can drive by and wave to an empty "FOR LEASE" sign when I drive by once he closes shop.

Schadenfriend
Schadenfriend

That really sucks.  Maui Dog was delicious, innovative, and a little funky (in a good way), and whenever John was there he'd always give a big hello.  They did get a lot of nods from publications, this one included. It's a real shame that couldn't turn into revenue that could cover increased cost.

Jordangreen
Jordangreen

That's a real shame...it was one of the most innovative eateries around. I can't help but think John's vision would've worked better in more adventurous waters, like LA or in Portland's food truck scene.

Steve
Steve

That location has been the beso de morte for many local businesses, so I find it incredibly surprising that the landlord would raise the rent so high. You think bout "Mr. Submarine" at 24th St and Osborn who seems to have been there forever, and wonder if it's because they own their own space. It appears that the food truck route at least gives a biz owner a chance to test their success and own their own space, so I wish him well.

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