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Otis Foster, 92, East Side restaurant owner

June 15, 1925 – Sept. 21, 2017

Otis Foster, of Buffalo, co-owner of three popular restaurants on Buffalo’s East Side, died Thursday, Sept. 21 in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 92.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., one of 12 children, he attended Parker Industrial School in Birmingham and served in the Navy during World War II.

He returned to Birmingham from the Navy, then worked in Chicago before coming to Buffalo. He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. from 1949 until the late 1960s.

After retiring from Bethlehem, he partnered with his younger brother, David, to establish Foster’s Lounge on Jefferson Avenue, which was noted for its soul food. They opened two more businesses, Johnnie’s Golden Gloves on Genesee Street and Dee’s Toe on High Street, and operated them for 40 years. David died in April.

An avid cook and master of the grill, Mr. Foster also enjoyed traveling and attended all the Foster-White family reunions.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Hattie Manson; a daughter, Shirley McCormick; four sisters, Dr. Bettye Berry, Katie Rogers, Geraldine Franklin and Shirley; a brother, Eddie; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon Friday, Sept. 29 in Mount Calvary Holy Church of America, 240 Hutchinson Ave.

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