The founder of the popular Snoopy’s Hot Dogs & More in Raleigh, Steve Webb, passed away Thursday after complications with open heart surgery, the restaurant announced on Facebook Saturday.

“Steve was a dynamic and caring individual who thought outside the box,” the Facebook post noted. “He challenged others and himself to be informed and involved in the issues of our community and to be active citizens.”

Webb opened the first Snoopy’s in 1978 on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. Starting in a converted gas station, the restaurant now has three additional locations in Raleigh and an express counter in Garner. The restaurant still operates as the walk-up, fast-paced stand Webb envisioned in the 1970s.

Snoopy’s was voted “Best Hot Dog in the Triangle” by INDY readers the past two years. While the restaurant is known for their hot dogs topped in mustard, chili, and onion, they also serve chicken salad and homemade vegetable soup.

Snoopy’s is asking users to donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of Webb. The restaurant will continue to be managed by Larry and Casey Cerilli, who are co-owners and heads of operations.