Restaurant Controversy Over Noise

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) There are some major growing pains in store for the owners of the popular Acropolis Restaurant in the Elmwood Village since the owner decided to host after dinner musical entertainment.

While the owner wants to expand the restaurant, his neighbors say "no way!"

The owner met with residents Thursday night at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, where things got pretty heated, and tempers flared.

Ever since the restaurant started hosting late night DJ's, and serving cocktails after dinner hours, nearby residents have complained about an increase in noise. They also worry about security, and their overall quality of life. Residents say things have already gotten out of hand, and an expansion would make it even worse.

Paul Tsouflidis, owner of the Acropolis responded to those concerns telling Eyewitness News, "I removed the subwoofer. There is no bass coming out of my restaurant. I will do what is necessary to win those hearts back."

Tsouflidis continued by saying he has sound proofed the building, and will follow the city's noise ordinance.

Many people who are for the expansion project say it will not only make the restaurant itself look better, but it will also improve the entire group of businesses along the Elmwood strip.

The project is now in the hands of the Buffalo Common Council. They are expected to vote on the proposed plans sometime in February.