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Acropolis seeks live music license, second location

By Jill Terreri

The owner of Elmwood Avenue's Acropolis is seeking a live music license, and is also scouting locations for a second restaurant in the Southtowns. 

Paul Tsouflidis will go to the city Zoning Board of Appeals this month and seek a license that will allow him to host karaoke and DJ's that can use microphones.

“Everybody has a music license so I should have one too,” Tsouflidis said today. 

Restrictions placed on Tsouflidis's business, in the 700-block of Elmwood, near Cecelia's, Elmwood Pet Supplies and the Blue Monk, were thrown out in court.

The city has filed a notice that it would appeal, but has not yet filed the actual appeal, Tsouflidis said.

On the restaurant's second floor, a bar was built but is not in use.(UPDATE: Tsouflidis said he ripped it out and put in booths.) Tsouflidis said he would like to use it as have a service bar, to make drinks for people dining on the second floor. He said servers have a hard time bringing martinis up 22 steps from the ground floor. He had sought permission for a second-floor bar from the city, and was denied. That denial was "annulled, vacated and set aside," in court. 

The restaurant is too small for live bands, he said, though opened the possibility of small ensembles to play during brunch. 

Tsouflidis is also planning to open another location in Orchard Park or Hamburg, he said. He is deciding on a location and plans to be open in six to 15 months, depending on whether he uses an existing building or builds a new one.   

Also on the ZBA agenda for Feb. 20 is a height variance for a new medical office building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and a plan to convert an old K-Mart near the Broadway Market into a factory producing algae bi-products. 

Buffalo ZBA Agenda 2.20.13 by

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