Revered Labuznik restaurateur Peter Cipra passed away on Friday at age 68 of pancreatic cancer, reports the Seattle Times.

Cipra opened the Czech restaurant in 1970 in Pioneer Square under the name The Prague. He rechristened it Labuznik upon relocating to 1924 First Avenue, where he demonstrated a knowledge of fine food unbeknownst to Seattle at the time. Cipra closed Labuznik in 1998. Today’s greats like Tom Douglas and Scott Carsberg of Bisato credit him as an early inspiration.

Our condolences to the Cipra family.