Brian and Mark Canlis

Owners, Canlis restaurant

After having grown up in the restaurant business, Brian Canlis spent eight years studying and working abroad in England, Austria, and Spain before finishing his degree at Cornell University. After four years as an officer in the Air Force, Brian returned to Seattle to join his brother Mark in leading the 70-year-old Canlis restaurant into the 21st century. As third-generation owners, Brian and Mark have continued to strengthen the restaurant’s legacy as one of the finest in the country. Additionally, Brian has hosted the country’s preeminent event on hospitality, The Welcome Conference, in New York City since 2015.