CLOSE relatives of a restaurateur who ran a popular eaterie in Rugby for many years have paid tribute to a ‘frontman extraordinaire’.
Fernando Izquierdo, 81 was visiting from Spain for the funeral of his brother Pepe when he was involved in a road accident in Surrey last month. He died three days later on Easter Sunday.
He is survived by his wife, Franca, sons Fernando, Edoardo, Luis Miguel and Giangregorio, 12 grandchildren and was about to become a great-grandfather.
Mr Izquierdo moved to England in the late 1950s and opened his first business in Rugby - the coffee bar ‘Il Cadore’. This was shortly followed by the Andalucia Restaurant in Henry Street,
A family statement said: “In his own inimitable style, he turned the Andalucia into one of the best Spanish restaurants outside Spain.
“As a host and frontman he was without compare and there will be many old customers still in Rugby who would testify to this.”
He sold Andalucia in 1981 and moved back to Spain, returning to London in 1990 to open the Don Fernando Restaurant in Richmond, which is still run by the family.
The statement ended: “There will be many people in Rugby with a tear in their eye raising a glass to Fernando - frontman extraordinaire.”