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1909

President Teddy Roosevelt meets great grandfather Nicholas Peter Canlis at the Mena House in Cairo and hires him as a cook for his safari.

1937

Nicholas’s son, Peter, leaves the family restaurant business for Honolulu because his father won’t upgrade it to a fine dining house.

1946

Peter Canlis is encouraged by investors to open his first restaurant, The Broiler, shortly after the war.

1950

First Canlis Restaurant is designed by Roland Terry and opens December 11th in Seattle.

1954

Canlis Honolulu opens on little-known Waikiki Beach.

1959

Canlis Portland opens atop the Hilton Hotel.

1965

Canlis San Francisco opens in the Fairmont Hotel.

1977

Peter Canlis dies of lung cancer, and his son Chris returns to the company.

1996

Chris recruits his wife, Alice, to guide the company through significant modernization, including architect Jim Cutler’s remodel.

2005

Sons Mark and Brian Canlis officially take control of the family business.