Ameen David, 87, a retired Washington restaurateur who was active in Arab-American groups here, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 18 at his home in Washington.

Mr. David was born in Lebanon and came to this country in 1912. He lived in Danbury, Conn., until 1929, when he moved to Washington.

He began his career here with a candy store. He later opened a restaurant and operated several over the years. About 1955, he opened the Blue Mirror and Champagne Room at 13th and F streets NW. In 1972, he retired and sold the business.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Mr. David published an Arab Druze newspaper, El-Bayan, in Washington and New York.

He was a founder of the American Druze Society. He was a member of the Amara Civic Club, an Arab-American organization, and in 1970 received its Man of the Year award. He entertained a number of Arab dignitaries at his home here. He helped establish the Islamic Center Mosque in Washington.

His marriage to Dallal David ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva, of Washington; three children by his first marriage, Nabeel, of Key West, Fla., and Camilla and Richard, both of Washington; a son by his second marriage, Ameen Jr., of Washington, and three stepdaughters, Wafaa Abou Zeinneddine and Hind Al-Awar, both of Saudi Arabia, and Laila Awar of Washington.