Second Mozart's will join ice cafe in new locale
Former Cord Camera space up High Street from original store will do double duty as cafe, ice cream shop
Mozart's, a staple of Clintonville dining for 17 years, will take over the former Cord Camera building at 4784 N. High St.
Anand Saha, who owns Mozart's with his wife, Doris, said he has simply outgrown the original space at 2885 N. High St., part of the Olentangy Village residential and retail complex in south Clintonville.
Saha said the plan is first to move the Vienna Ice Cafe, his other Clintonville venture, into the new building. He said he recently purchased the property for $635,000.
Meanwhile, he is negotiating with his landlord to keep the original Mozart's open beyond December 2014, when his current lease expires.
"I am emotionally attached to that building," he said.
The first phase of the new Mozart's should be open by March 1; it should be in full operation by next summer, Saha said.
He said the 11,000-square-foot space, built in 1930, will allow him to expand the dining room and offer banquet seating. The building has 61 parking spaces, plus off-street parking. He also intends to incorporate some green elements into the design.
The space has had several uses over the years, including a restaurant, a Persian rug store and, most recently, Cord Camera. It has been vacant for a number of years.
Saha plans to put a liquor option on a future ballot so he can sell alcohol at the new store.
"Liquor has been a small part of Mozart's, but it's still a complementary thing," he said.
Saha formerly had a full-service restaurant on Indianola Avenue, plus outlets at Easton and the North Market, which have since closed.
Jacqueline Morton of East Jeffrey Place, said she's a regular at Mozart's and welcomes the restaurant into the neighborhood. She said she would like to see Beechwold become like Old Worthington, which has a vibrant retail environment.
"They support small businesses," she said. "We have to reach out to people so they come here."
Greg Myers, a loyal Mozart's customer over the years, said he also is looking forward to the move.
"I think the people in the north part of Clintonville will be pleased it will be so much easier to eat Mozart's pastries," said Myers, who lives on West Jeffrey Place.
Saha said he's excited to stay in the community.
"This is my neighborhood," he said. "The people here are good to me."