Paul A. Divico Sr., 58, who had been in the restaurant business in the Washington area for more than 20 years, died Tuesday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was stricken at the Holiday Inn in Bethesda, where he had worked as a purchasing agent since 1977.

Before joining the Hoilday Inn, Mr. Divico, who lived in Potomac, had been a restaurant manager for the Charcoal House restaurants. He was with that firm from 1964 to 1977.

He moved to the Washington area about 1959 and became manager of the fairfax Country Club. He was a manager for Harvey's Restaurant and the Market Inn in Washington before joining Charcoal House.

Mr. Divico was born in Cumberland, Md. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1939 and saw action in the Pacific during World War II. He was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart. He also served in Korea during the conflict there.

After leaving the service in 1954, Mr. Divico was a county club manager in Findlay, Ohio, before moving to this area.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia, of Frederick, Md., four sons Paul Anthony Jr. of Lexington, N.C., and Benjamin Joseph, Andrew Christopher and James Patrick, all of Potomac; two daughters, Mary Moffatt of Meyersville, Md., and Margaret Ann Divico of Frederick; a brother, Joseph, of Cumberland, and two sisters, Rita Rubenstein of Fredericksburg Va., and Annie Wisenmiller of Westminister, Md.