DENVER (CBS4)– The man behind Pete’s Kitchen and other institutions in Denver has passed away. Pete Contos started in the restaurant business nearly six decades ago.

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Pete’s Kitchen has been at the corner of Colfax and Race for 30 years. His first restaurant, Satire Lounge, has been next to Pete’s Kitchen for nearly 60 years.

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Contos was 85 years old. He passed away on Sunday.