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A tribute to Francisco Garcia Perez, aka Don Francisco, who died July 20. Submitted photo
Barbara Burke, Staff Reporter
10:05 pm PDT August 1, 2020

A fixture on the Malibu restaurant scene has died from COVID-19, according to his family.

For a quarter-century, Francisco Garcia Perez — known around town as Don Francisco — worked at various eateries, including Casa Escobar, Allegria, Marmalade and Sunset Restaurant, and for 16 years at Coral Beach Cantina and its adjacent restaurant, Zooma Sushi, according to his nephew, Neymar Garcia, who spoke to Malibu Surfside News Aug. 1 with help from translator and co-worker Alex Aspron.