Since 1982, the Acropolis diner has been a staple of Elmwood Avenue. Since the beginning, the diner has been operated by one owner – the Tsouflidis family. A few years back, young Paul Tsouflidis began to transition the diner into more of a hip bistro setting, a far departure from the simple diner that his parents ran for so many years. Paul’s passion for change, and his determination to keep up with the times, eventually led him to rethinking his entire game strategy when it came to restaurant concepts. Ultimately, it was this drive that led Paul to opening Newbury Street, a restaurant dedicated to healthy eating and non-GMO offerings. Through his dedication to healthy living, and the immediate success of the Newbury Street operation, Paul is now looking to expand the concept out of Buffalo. To do that, he has decided to put Acropolis OPA on the market.
“In the two years since we introduced Newbury Street in Buffalo, we have done phenomenally well and have helped many people change their lives through better nutrition,” Paul said. “What we have seen and the enthusiastic customer base we have developed have only stoked my passion for growing Newbury Street and what it represents. Our non-GMO promise makes Newbury Street more than some place to grab a quick, healthy food alternative. It’s a commitment to provide our customers a healthy lifestyle. From a business perspective, I believe there is a tremendous opportunity to grow that commitment throughout Western New York and well beyond.”
After opening the original Newbury Street on Elmwood, the concept was expanded to the EXPO Market in Downtown Buffalo. The expansion effort, and the tremendous response to the offerings, got Paul to thinking about growing, not only regionally, but in cities such as Las Vegas and Boca Raton, Florida. Currently, discussions are underway in a few key cities, where Tsouflidis feels his Newbury Street restaurant, operated under the Crush Hospitality umbrella, will be a good fit. In order to grow his franchise vision, Tsouflidis has decided that it’s time to focus his efforts, which is why he is selling the family’s longstanding restaurant, Acropolis.
“Acropolis is part of me, so I am not taking this decision lightly,” said Paul, who worked in the restaurant since he was a young boy, and lives right around the corner. “I could not possibly be more proud of the legacy my parents created with Acropolis and the way I have been able to build on the foundation they set. There is no doubt that Acropolis has many more generations of Western New Yorkers to serve. I love the restaurant, I love the people and I love the neighborhood – and the new owner should too. I’m not going anywhere. I just have to follow my passion in a new direction, which is Newbury Street. Our team wants to do something that’s never been done before.”
Acropolis restaurant, with a newly renovated interior, featuring two floors, and a full brunch, dinner and bar menu, is being listed by Alan Hastings of Hastings + Cohn Real Estate. Acropolis OPA is located at 708 Elmwood, between Breckenridge and West Ferry.