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The Otani Korean market ventura ca has Korean market ventura ca proudly serving Oxnard since our first business opened on the boulevard in Five 5 generations and over years later, we are continuing the tradition of a casual, no-fuss dining experience with quick friendly service. Izzy loved 3 things; his family, his community and spending his free time fishing off the Ventura County Coast. There are many stories about seeing him early in the morning, walking down 5th street towards the beach, with his fishing pole in hand. With his wife Helen by his side, Izzy left the other family businesses to turn his passion for fishing into a business of his very own.
Otani's in the late 's when it was the Fish, Bait and Tackle store. Notice the fishing poles on the right and the light coming through the back where the building ended. The seafood that was sold in the market was a mix of fish Izzy caught himself during his morning escapes, the fresh catch of the local fishermen, and only the best from the San Pedro markets. And he did! As the business grew, Izzy made sure the building also expanded to accommodate all his changes Izzy tore down his home that was on the back of the property to build a large walk-in freezer and cooler.
With hard work and dedication, Izzy created a reputation of selling the freshest fish, and would often treat his employees and customers to fish he prepared from his own unique recipes. There is a newspaper article from the Star Free Press, dated Sunday, December 5,where Izzy talks about how his generation recovered from the war and the anticipation of the restaurant opening. It all depends on friendliness. I love people. I want them to like me. That in itself is worth more than money.
The restaurant was a hit and slowly expanded into the restaurant it is today. Izzy passed the restaurant on to his son, Steve, and Steve has since passed it on to his children, Karen and Genji. For example, one of the four windows on the front of our building is taller and the width and height of a door.
Over 60 years ago, that was the original entrance to Otani's when Izzy first started. Oh, and the old ceiling fan, that has been there since day one too. InToraichi started a grocery store on Oxnard Boulevard next to what is now the old Teatro Theater. Oxnard incorporated injust 5 years before Toraichi started his first business. InToraichi Otani opened a pool hall with 4 tables at Saviers Road.
And inToraichi was one of the 8 pool hall owners that successfully started and ed a petition to lower the age of men allowed to frequent the Oxnard pool rooms from 21 to Everything changed in during the Great Depression, but Toraichi was determined stay in business.
He reduced his grocery inventory to the bare necessities and gave hair cuts out at a discounted rate. Toraichi also moved his whole family and all their belongings into one room and rented out the rest of the space to families that lost everything in the stock market crash. The business doubled as a boarding house upstairs and continued to house tenants even after the Depression ended. Toraichi and Shina had 5 kids; 3 boys and 2 girls, with Izzy being the oldest.
The boys grew up working for their father and learned everything they could about business. After the Great Depression, they ventured out and started a produce stand down the street called Otani Bros. Roosevelt ed Executive Order The Otani Korean market ventura ca piled all the treasures they could not carry in one corner of their Korean market ventura ca upstairs and were sent to live in the Gila River Internment Camp in Gila Arizona.
Before they left, they opened space in their room to family and friends to also store their treasures. Luckily, family friends moved into Toraichi's home upstairs and were able to save the house, but the businesses did not survive. Many Japanese families lost everything, but the Otani's were very lucky.
Businesses had to close and property was seized, but the Otani Brothers refused to give up. Shina passed away in camp, and Toraichi was exhausted from the whole experience, but the 3 Brothers were back together and even more Korean market ventura ca to succeed. They returned home to Oxnard and tore down the old wood building, rebuilt and started the Otani Brothers Malt Shop it was inside that Malt Shop that Izzy perfected his tempura shrimp and tartar sauce recipes.
We still have customers share their memories of time spent at the Malt Shop. Some of our favorites include stories of selecting their favorite song in the jukebox, enjoying their shakes on a date before they went next door to the theater, and the unique menu items like the avocado cheeseburger.
Otani Bros. Produce newspaper add from Our phone was 21! Newspaper clipping from from Otani Brothers Malt shop. Every penny of it. We started at the bottom of the ladder after the war, and we worked hard. We love to compete, we like to excel in whatever we are doing.
And we don't shy away from work. If it takes 10, 11 hours a day to surpass something, well do it. The Japanese-American businessman and grower loves to try new things, according to Otani. We work together. Our families are close.
The old-type five to ten-acre farms are going out. The big growers came in after the war. He points out that among the biggest growers in the county one invariably finds close-knit families. Four brothers working together. Or the Hiji brothers, Kita brothers and Chikasawa brothers. My two young sons work with me all the time. He is planning an expansion into a take-home shrimp shop and eventually a seafood restaurant.
I expect the whole downtown Oxnard will eat with me at least once a week. Otani has never been to Japan. He has been active in the Japanese-American Citizens League. They are too busy. But we have grown not only to be accepted. We are respected. Oxnard Boulevard, called "T. Otani Grocery. The business evolved many times over the years and Toraichi even converted a corner of it into a barber shop and Toraichi was the barber.
Izzy lived in Santa Monica while attending classes and worked at a local fruit stand. Toraichi moved his family into one room and rented out all the other upstairs rooms to families who lost everything in the stock market crash the businesses downstairs continued as usual. Izzy ran the Korean market ventura ca market full time and Korean market ventura ca other two brother balanced their time between the 2 businesses.
Helen was the Sunday school teacher there]. A Street, Oxnard. S Army. The order also authorized transporting these citizens to assembly centers hastily set up and governed by the military in California, Arizona, Washington state, and Oregon. The evacuees were only allowed to take what they can carry, so Izzy and Helen allowed family and friends to store photos and other mementos in one of the bedrooms of the house.
Otani's Bros. The camp was located on the Gila River Indian Reservation about 50 miles southeast of Phoenix, near the town of Rivers. The average summer temperature was degrees and has been known to reach degrees. Izzy and his family were sent to live in Korean market ventura ca Grove, Illinois where Izzy worked as a dairy hand at the farm of Jim Morehead. Izzy came back to camp for the funeral. The Otani Bros. Produce business had gone broke, but the property and building of the Blvd.
Toraichi lived in Hiroshima till he was 21 still had friends and family there before the bombing, and his children were loyal and loved America 2 of them ed the military to fight Japan. Being interned and everything about the war with Japan took everything out of him. The Doctoleros moved out of the A Street home and Izzy and his family moved back in. All the Otani men went to work for Allis Chalmers, where they made and sold farm equipment. The El Teatro Theater was already next door so the business they created in place of the old grocery Korean market ventura ca was a Malt Shop and the 3 Otani brothers all worked there.
Izzy cooked, Bow worked the counter and Toby was in charge of the soda fountain. Some of the most memorable menu items were the avocado cheeseburgers, fried fish, fried bologna sandwiches and the homemade ice cream we still have customers come in and tell us stories about sitting on the counter after their movie and listening to the jukebox till the sun went down. Oxnard Blvd. With the money from the sale, Izzy purchased the land in front of his house, S. A Street, and built our present building it was the residence of Constance Moreno before he tore it down.
He rented the building to Rice and Sons Auto Electric and continued to work with his family at the malt shop. He would walk down 5th Street and spend his early mornings on the beach with a fishing pole in his hand. He would give away what he knew his family couldn't eat, and quickly realized he could make a profit if he sold his catch. He quit the family malt shop and turned his passion for fishing into a business of his own.
A Street. Izzy took over a quarter of the building [the tallest of the 4 front windows was our front door and the fan that is the original fan that was over the door], extended the building in the back, and rented the new space to the existing auto repair shop. Malt Shop on Korean market ventura ca boulevard closed. When you walked in the front door, the fish market was still on the left side where it originally wasthe Japanese groceries filled the shelves in the middle and the frozen items, bait and fishing supplies were on the right.
Some of the most memorable items Korean market ventura ca the custom-made fishing poles, hand-tied lures, smoked fish and Izzy's famous "sugar-cured mackerel" bait. In place of the house, they built another large walk in freezer and cooler. Following in his father's footsteps of "always updating your business to fit your customer's needs," he closed a portion of the market and built a kitchen in its place.
The restaurant pulled its seafood items from the market and was very casual with counter service, paper plates, only 8 tables and hand written menus of items made from Izzy's own recipes. This timeline is a business timeline about the history of the Otani businesses in Oxnard who started them and who runs them today with a little Oxnard, American and world history mixed in for time reference. Our Story. Over years of Otani businesses in Oxnard! Helen and Izzy Otani in the year they were married. Otani grocery store in and the group gathered to look at the car.
Part of the blue section is quoted below:. The business evolved many times over the years and Toraichi even converted a corner of it into a barber shop and Toraichi was the barber - Oxnard Chamber of Commerce is founded - Oxnard's Plaza Park Pagoda was completed - After many miscarriages, the first son, Hifumi was born. S enters World War I - World War I ends - Izzy became a boy scout [and was a lifelong boy scout who was very involved with the program.
Izzy lived in Santa Monica while attending classes and worked at a local fruit stand - The Oxnard Blvd. Helen was the Sunday school teacher there] - Izzy and Helen built their family home at S. S Army - February Executive order was ed giving the military broad powers to ban any citizen from a fifty- to sixty-mile-wide Korean market ventura ca area stretching from Washington state to California and extending inland into southern Arizona. Izzy came back to camp for the funeral - August Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - September World War II ends - All internees were allowed to return home, but most people did not have anything left to return home to.
Malt Shop on the boulevard closed - Izzy expands the business and takes over the whole building, creating Otani's Fish Bait and Tackle.Korean market ventura ca
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