'Happy ghosts' await inside Mozart's new digs
Opening event slated July 31 at 83-year-old building
Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe will open its new store Wednesday, July 31, at 4784 N. High St., with a ceremony featuring Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.
The grand-opening ceremony for the new location of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31.
It can't come soon enough for owners Anand and Doris Saha.
"It was more of a challenge for Doris and I to move from ZIP code 43202 to 43214 than it was to relocate from Austria to Columbus 18 years ago," Anand Saha wrote in announcing that Mayor Michael B. Coleman will be the guest of honor at the ceremony, which starts at 11 a.m.
"It is going absolutely fabulous," he said in interview regarding last-minute preparations for the former Cord Camera building at 4784 N. High St.
"We have a great lineup of speakers. The whole community is coming together. Obviously, there are some very happy ghosts in this building. There is such good karma in this building as you walk in."
The ceremony will feature remarks by Clintonville Historical Society President Mary Rodgers, representatives of the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce and Experience Clintonville, as well as by Coleman.
"We are extremely honored," Saha said. "I just want everyone to know that the city and businesses worked together.
"There were a lot of obstacles, but we found a way."
When the Sahas arrived from Austria, he added, he made a promise to his wife that one day, she would have a "beautiful pastry department," and that is what has been created in the 83-year-old, 11,000-square-foot structure the couple purchased in October for $635,000.
"Dreams do come true," Saha said. "She's the happiest person in the world."
"Although we faced many significant challenges along the way, we were also extremely fortunate that so many people in the Columbus city government took it as a personal responsibility to help support a small, family-owned business and make this project a reality," Saha wrote in announcing the opening event.
"Your support and dedication will have many positive impacts on this neighborhood. This project has created local jobs, revitalized a vacant building situated on the major artery that runs through our city, and helped to raise the property values in this area. Together, we have also brought back fond memories from this historic building's past.
"Just after I went into contract on this property, a national chain placed a higher bid with plans to tear down the structure and build a drive-through fast-food restaurant. This gave even greater urgency to my desire to acquire and restore this historic building to its former glory.
"Over the course of renovation, much of the original terrazzo floor was restored. The ballroom, home to many dances and musical performances in the 1940s and '50s, has also been brought back to its original splendor, complete with a grand piano from the same period.
"Doris and I have been overwhelmed by the support and excitement for this project from our employees and the community."