The president of Irving-based Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group died over the weekend after he was found at a downtown Dallas hotel, authorities say.
Officers found Harper Caron, 45, of Coppell at the Statler about 5 a.m. Saturday after Dallas Fire-Rescue called them to the hotel, in the 1900 block of Commerce Street, near St. Paul Street.
A police incident report said Caron’s death was unexplained and provided no further details. The Dallas County medical examiner’s office has not determined his cause of death and did not say whether he was pronounced dead at the hotel or taken to a hospital.
In a written statement, the restaurant group called Caron’s death “a profound loss for our entire Uncle Julio’s family.”
Caron had worked 25 years for the company, which operates the Uncle Julio’s and Savage Burrito chains across the country, as well as Hacienda Colorado restaurants in that state.
He was named president in 2019, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“He was a professional who was deeply dedicated to our mission of creating unforgettable dining experiences for our guests, and in his honor, we will continue to build on this vision,” the company’s statement said. “Harper was a friend and mentor to team members at all levels of our organization. It is through this incredible legacy that his memory and inspiration will live on.”
Staff writers Catherine Marfin and Kelli Smith contributed to this report.