Maui's Dog House, Inc began with Maui always wanting to open up a restaurant of his own. He had worked in a vast array of restaurants all over the place from Maui , Hawaii (Hence the nickname) to Wildwood NJ and had learned quite a bit from each and every chef he worked with, but as he got older he got tired of making other people money so he got an idea to open up his own and began "haunting" his wife Liz to open a restaurant. Liz, after years of listening to him finally said, "Look, Put your money where your mouth is" and the roller coaster departed the station. Liz had been in the wholesale food business all her life so with her connections and Maui being a chef they figured " Hey Why Not ?". They kept driving by this empty ice cream parlor at 8th and New Jersey Ave for months and finally after looking at so many run down restaurants and becoming discouraged, Maui called the real estate agent looked at the empty 8 th Street location and signed the deal, a little hastily but hey they are "What do we have to lose" kinda people. There is only one rule that Liz made Maui follow, Never put their house on the line, and he never did.