Cesar Perez, restaurateur

September 10, 2013

Cesar Perez, a Washington restaurateur who operated El Tio Pepe and Caesar’s Ristorante, died Aug. 16 at his home in Washington. He was 86.

He died of cancer, said his daughter, Lisa Perez.

From 1967 to 1985, Mr. Perez operated El Tio Pepe, which featured menus from his native Spain and nightly entertainment of flamenco dancers and guitarists. He ran Caesar’s Ristorante from 1985 to 1989. Mr. Perez was born in Santa Cruz de Brosmos and came to the United States in 1952. He studied engineering at George Washington University and worked as an accountant before going into the restaurant business.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Hilda Lopez Perez, and two children, Cesar Perez Jr., and Lisa Perez, all of Washington.

— Bart Barnes