Eli Francis Abdow, 54, a partner in Abdow-Busada Ltd., a Washington area real estate firm, and a former restaurateur, died Friday at his home in Hillcrest Heights of diabetic arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Mr. Abdow was born in Worcester, Mass., and moved to Washington in 1944. He engaged in the restaurant business for several years, establishing the Hi-Boy chain of fast-food outlets.

About 1960, he went into real estate. He became a broker licensed to do business in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virgina. He was a partner in Abdow-Busada Ltd., which has its offices in Marlow Heights, at the time of his death. He was a member of the Prince George's Board of Realtors.

Mr. Abdow also was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife, Georgette Nahat Abdow, whom he married in 1949, of Hillcrest Heights; three children, Lorraine Barbara Corey of Burke, Va., and Gloria Ann Flinn and George Eli Abdow, both of Hillcrest Heights; his mother, Sarah Abdow of Worcester; two brothers, George, of Kensington, and Victor, of Bethesda; five sisters, Alice Abdow and Rose Yonkers, both of Silver Hill, Md., Marion Busada and Janet Abdow, both of Worcester, and Lorraine Abdelmaseh of Hillcrest Heights, and two grandchildren.