Residents Push Back Against Restaurant Expansion

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 7:36 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 7:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The expansion of a popular Elmwood Avenue restaurant was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday before the common council's Legislation Committee.

Area residents, neighboring businesses and Acropolis owner Paul Tsouflidis all spoke at Tuesday's hearing.

Some residents complain that the Greek restaurant is becoming like a nightclub with the loud music and crowds late into the night, a claim that Acropolis owner Paul Tsouflidis says is not true.

"I'd be the first one to reject a nightclub on my block. I don't want a nightclub on my block...It's not a nightclub. We're a Greek restaurant," said Tsouflidis at Tuesday's hearing.

Other residents read statements and shared stories of the loud music making it nearly impossible for them sleep.

Tsouflidis says he is taking steps to address the noise issue, like removing windows and adding soundproofing.

The community is holding a public meeting with the restaurant owner on Thursday, January 19 at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.