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A day at Otto’s: Circa 1990

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Otto Huber, the founder and 40-year owner of Otto’s Import Store and Delicatessen, died of natural causes at his Burbank home. He was 77.

While researching his legacy for Wednesday’s edition of the Leader, Huber’s family sent me a local newspaper article by correspondent James Danelli. The April 25, 1990, story from the Burbank Leader is attached below:

Otto’s Delicatessen

Pickle or polka, you’ll find it here

By James Danelli,  Correspondent

Accepting an assignment to write about guy named Otto, owner and operator of Otto’s Import and Delicatessen, this reporter for one was a little skeptical.

After all, who would have thought that being inside his store s like taking a trip to Hungary, of that Otto himself would whip it some polkas on his computerized accordion, or that his beautiful wife, Irma, would make me an “Otto Special” – a sandwich where the meat is piled as high as the hospitality?

Otto bought the property, located at the corner of Clark and Brighton in Burbank, some 20 years ago. At the time it was just a regular corner grocery store. That was before his Hungarian friends asked him to carry different specialty foods and meats that are important to many Hungarian dishes.

There’s antique cookware and Hungarian books and records stacked along the crowded aisles a decorum not at all keeping with the “Play the California Lottery” banner nearby.

In the midst of it all sits a display case filled with beautiful Hungarian porcelain figurines. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 14, 2009 at 10:28 am

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Celebrated Burbank deli owner dies at 77

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Thomas Huber and father, Otto, who founded Otto's Import Store and Delicatessen in Burbank. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Otto Huber, the founder and 40-year owner of Otto’s Import Store and Delicatessen, died of natural causes at his Burbank home. He was 77.

Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada confirmed Huber’s passing Thursday morning after officers found no signs of foul play at his home in the 400 block of N. Brighton St.

Remembered by friends and family as a gregarious shopkeeper and devoted father, Huber was among the last remaining holdouts from a bygone era where family run businesses were the norm.

Accordion in hand, Otto serenaded generations of residents, introducing them to European fare. Among his loyal customers were John Burroughs High School students, some of whom joined an online fan page called “OTTO’S DELI/BURBANK.”

The Facebook group includes messages such as “And on the way home from Lincoln each day…” and “Daily lunch from ’81-’84. Ham and cheese with extra mayo. I am not down that way often, but stop in every time I am.”

Founded in 1969 by Huber and his wife, Irma, the deli began an old- fashioned corner grocery store. The Hubers then began to incorporate specialty foods for family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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