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Peter Canlis, Founder

In 1950, visionary Peter Canlis opened a Seattle restaurant “where Peter Canlis is your host.” From the start, he served the finest seafood and steak in America, allowing the food on the plate to speak for itself – no sauces. He opened the kitchen to the dining room a full 40 years before that trend would sweep the country. He pioneered a unique style of team-concept service that redefined fine dining hospitality nationwide. At the end of the evening, with cars magically awaiting the guests under the porte cochere, there was Peter standing by the fireplace at the door to shake your hand good night.

Peter passed away in 1977 after a difficult bout with lung cancer. Though a tough and demanding entrepreneur, he had a teddy bear heart and, in the restaurant business, a Midas touch.