Many are wondering if Maui’s popular restaurant, Down The Hatch, burned down in the deadly wildfires that ravaged Lahaina this week.
The fire appeared out of nowhere due to high winds from Hurricane Dora and swept across the Hawaiian city. There were 67 confirmed deaths.
Did Down The Hatch burn down on Maui?
Yes, Down The Hatch was burned down in the Maui fire. The restaurant is located at 658 Front Street, which unfortunately has been completely destroyed.
Down The Hatch has not posted an update on Facebook or its website confirming the extent of the damage, but it is expected to be completely gone.
Many of the buildings on Front Street burned to the ground. Some of them are still standing, but both the inside and the outside have been destroyed.
These include the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant, the 122-year-old Pioneer Inn and Mick Fleetwood’s fine dining restaurant.
Devastating videos show Front Street after the deadly blaze, showing the entire area completely destroyed:
People send prayers to the Lahaina restaurant
Many have taken to Facebook to share how devastated they are at the destruction of the popular restaurant and have sent prayers.
Popular with tourists and locals alike, the casual seafood restaurant served cocktails, shaved ice, and had a courtyard terrace.
According to her Facebook profile, she was voted the best bar on Maui and was known for her traditional Southern Aloha cuisine.
One person wrote: “I am praying for you during this devastating loss. They are one of our favorite restaurants on the island and we are so glad we had the chance to visit just a few weeks ago.”
“My heart is with you right now. I love and miss Maui and always visit this place,” said another. “I don’t know the exact condition but from what I’ve seen it’s terrible. I hope you are safe.”
A third person added: “So sad to hear I hope the entire Down The Hatch family is safe.” Please let us know how we can support you as you bring us so many fond memories have.”
Down The Hatch staff are safe
Down The Hatch’s sister restaurant, Mala Tavern, has confirmed it has found staff from all the restaurants and is making sure they are doing well.
On Friday (Aug. 11) they filmed employees in an Instagram story and wrote: “We are looking for and taking care of all our employees.”
“Life has changed forever. We are happy about everyone who is committed during this time. We’ll update as soon as we know more. Protect your ohanas, hug your loved ones and please pray,” added Mala Tavern opinion.
Maui’s Front Street contribution was reduced to rubble, destroying Lahaina’s most popular bar and restaurant. He first appeared on HITC.