Anand Saha is cautiously optimistic and Connie De Jong even more so as they await the fate of local liquor options in the primary election Tuesday, May 7.

Anand Saha is cautiously optimistic and Connie De Jong even more so as they await the fate of local liquor options in the primary election Tuesday, May 7.

De Jong hopes voters in Ward 20-A will approve liquor sales for Global Gallery, 3535 N. High St., the store and coffee shop where she is executive director.

Saha seeks approval from residents of Ward 22-C to allow liquor sales in the new location of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe that he and his wife, Doris, plan to open in the former Cord Camera building at 2885 N. High St.

Both wards currently are dry.

"I think what we have is overwhelming support for all the local liquor options," Saha said last week.

He said some neighbors of his new cafe that he's spoken to disapprove of the notion of an establishment that sells alcohol opening near them, although he has insisted from the outset that he has no intentions of operating anything remotely like a bar or tavern. Most people said they would approve his request, Saha said, but added that's worrying in its own right.

"I'm hoping it's not the classic story of, 'Oh, he's going to get it anyway,' and thinking their votes aren't needed and we lose the battle," Saha said. "I'm hoping that the majority goes to the polling station. For me, it's a vote of support for my business."

"We feel really confident that people support this change for us, particularly because our use of it is to increase our potential to partner on fundraising projects and to be able to offer local fair-trade beer, wine and liquor," De Jong said. "We know that our community knows that we're not becoming a bar."

Currently, Global Gallery must hold invitation-only private functions in order to serve wine at fundraising gatherings.

Ward 20-A is bounded on the north by Hollenback Avenue, the east by North High Street, the south by West North Broadway and the west by the Olentangy River.

The boundaries for Ward 22-C are Morse Road to the north and North High Street to the west. The eastern border is a jagged line from Beech Hill Avenue south to a few blocks west on East Beechwold Boulevard to south on Sharon Avenue to west on Wetmore Road to south on Sellers Avenue and finally to west on East Beaumont Avenue.