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Acropolis Under Siege

Yesterday, the Elmwood Village Association stabbed one of its own in the back.

The Elmwood Village Association is in favor of the proposal to expand the second floor of 708 Elmwood Avenue for restaurant purposes only. The Association does not favor the establishment of a bar on the second floor of the building. Additionally, the Elmwood Village Association is in favor of allowing a music license for the establishment on the following conditions: music must be kept at a sound level consistent with dining and quiet conversation and must be terminated at a reasonable hour; music is not allowed on any patio; and live music and DJs are not permitted to perform on the premises. Elmwood Village Association is in favor of a second floor patio at this location with the understanding that music will not be permitted and that the patio will close at a reasonable hour.

Didn’t the EVA insist on Bank of America building a faux second floor above it when it bought Pier One? Are we to understand that a faux 2nd floor for appearance’s sake is good, but an actual 2nd floor being used by a business in a poor city with a perpetually struggling economy is a horror? The Dining Roomer attended last night’s community meeting regarding the Acropolis expansion, and noted that it went less than smoothly.

To hear the opposition tell it, Acropolis' expansion plans pose a singular threat to the quality of life of Elmwood Village residents...
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civility is breaking down quick at this meeting
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Most sensible argument for pro-Acropolis expansion from real estate broker, to residents: your property value won't be adversely affected...
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...your property values are too high...
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@ @ whatever validity their complaints might have is, in my opinion, rendered invalid by two things...
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@ @ a) the singling out of Acropolis as the sole establishment responsible for noise and late night crowds...
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@ @ and b) the impression that city living should be anything other than bustling, noisy, displaying signs of life.
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Seriously – who lives in a city to get peace and quiet? It’s the most outrageous argument I’ve ever heard, and it would be comical if it wasn’t adversely affecting a miniscule Greek restaurant that has been a good neighbor, and a good community citizen for many years.

UPDATE: Read what Newell Nussbaumer writes about the matter at Buffalo Rising today. I think he’s exactly correct.


  • Ian

    Acropolis should move to a friendlier location, just like many other EV businesses sick of high rents and insufferable neighbors have done in the past couple years. You’d be welcomed with open arms in many locales in WNY. If it’s another empty building the EV Association wants, another one they can have!

  • Joseph Coppola

    I SAW THOSE DUFUSES (DUFI?) WHO OPPOSED THE ACROPOLIS EXPANSION ON THE CHANNEL 4 NEWS LAST NITE. THIS LITTLE GREEK RESTURANT HAS BEEN IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD SINCE CHRIST WAS A CORPORAL!! THE GUY IS TRYING TO BRING BUSINESS INTO A BLEEDING ECONOMY. HE’S A HARD WORKING GUY WHO IS WILLING TO STICK HIS NECK OUT A LITTLE. IN STEAD OF STABBING HIM IN THE BACK, GET OUT OF HIS WAY. WHAT A BUCH OF ELETE WHINERS!

  • uncabobbo

    Let me get this straight. They’re saying canned music is OK but live performance is not? Does the EVA intend to enforce that at all Elmwood businesses or just this one?

    Canned music? Really!