Sunday, August 26, 2007

Boyle Heights' Japanese Community

Hector Becerra of the L.A. Times wrote a wonderful piece (ornamented with this picture) titled (in the print edition) "Eastside Sushi? Si" The photo is of a Japanese restaurant on 1st Street, in business since 1956 as the Otomi Cafe. It changed its name to Otomisan when the original owners sold it in the 1970s.

Decades later, Otomisan closed for six months after the second owner died. A local woman bought Otomisan (and its recipes) from the widow in 2005, luring back customers with Bento box lunches--like the original place had sold in the 1950s.

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