By the end of May 1993 he had obtained the last signature, and three months later Sport Bar Praha opened. Sure, there were the usual hitches: His Czech cooks had trouble getting the hang of Sunday-brunch pancakes, and on Thanksgiving the pumpkins Otto had ordered for his much-anticipated pies got held up at the German border, gravely disappointing the Americans who gathered for dinner.
But the play's the thing for sports-loving expats, and Otto drew crowds by staying open until 6 a.m. to air all six games of the '93 World Series live. His Super Bowl party in January '94—9 p.m. to 6 a.m., all you could eat and drink—was such a success that Otto jacked the ticket price from $5.88 to $30 this year.
That caused outrage at the U.S.-owned-and-run Prague Post, which accused Otto of monopolistic business practices. Is profiteering on pigskin conduct unbecoming an expatriate, as the article implied? One ticket holder at the party thought not. "Hey, Scott," he yelled across the bar at halftime. "You're kickin' butt!"