Mozart’s Celebrates 25 Years
These days, things at Mozart’s are looking more like when they started 25 years ago. Husband and wife team Anand and Doris Saha working together in the kitchen to turn out European-style confections. Anand the heart, and Doris, the soul, Anand says.
“Without her it wouldn’t work,” he says.
Mozart’s opened its doors on April 1, 1995, realizing the couple’s dream of opening their own bakery.
“We could hardly have imagined on that day how over the next 25 years Clintonville would truly become our home; the place where we built our business and raised our family,” Anand says.
In the last two and a half decades, the business has continued to evolve, growing from a small, European pastry shop, to a full-service restaurant and catering and event space.
This isn’t how the Sahas pictured celebrating Mozart’s 25th anniversary. The coronavirus pandemic closed the restaurant and bakery’s door’s to dine-in customers about two weeks shy of the occasion.
“The last few weeks have been incredibly challenging for us,” Anand says. “The safety of our guests and employees was our greatest concern and we made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors.”
It’s not the first hardship the business has faced in its long history, making it through challenges from 9/11 to the 2008 financial crisis, each time resolving to work hard and overcome obstacles.
To weather the current crisis, Mozart’s has started a weekly pop-up bakery, “to save this historic building and our business,” Anand says.
Last Saturday, March 28 was the first run, exceeding Anand’s expectations and making use of the drive-thru window attached to the building at 4784 N. High St. for the first time. Mozart’s will continue to make Saturdays sweeter, scheduling pop-ups for April 4 and April 11, with plans to continue every week.
Mozart’s fans can find the eatery’s pop-up menu online, with items both savory and sweet – from tiramisu, cream horns and scones, to Hungarian goulash and a variety of quiches. Next week, Easter favorites will make an appearance, including Mozart’s traditional ganache Easter eggs and festive Easter cookies.
Customers email in their orders (due by 5 p.m. on Thursdays), and will be contacted for credit card info to pre-pay. Come Saturday, customers will walk up to the window to pick up their orders, making the whole system contactless.
“I’m grateful for the outpouring of support for the Pop Up Bakery, online gift card sales, and future bookings from our patrons who understand the tough predicament that Mozart’s is in,” Anand says.
The couple is doing everything they can to save the building and the business during these trying times, and serve customers for decades to come.
“Doris and I are so grateful for your business and support through the years,” Anand says. “It has been an incredible journey. 25 years and we are still going strong. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.”