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Fate of Acropolis Pizza to be determined

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A well-known restaurant on the SU Hill is facing closure. The fate of Acropolis Pizza is in the hands of the city's police chief. Tuesday, there was a nuisance abatement hearing to address a number of violent incidents. Iris St. Meran tells us what's next for the Marshall Street mainstay.



SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Acropolis Pizza House and Restaurant has been feeding hungry SU students and residents for years. But recently, incidents occurring in and around the store have created a concern for some. It was discussed during a Nuisance Abatement Hearing on Tuesday.

"Anything from disturbances, to fight calls to assaults," testified Syracuse Police Officer Colin Hillman.

Back in September, a man was stabbed in the chest following a fight inside the restaurant. These hearings happen if there are three arrests or crimes in a two year period.

The attorney for Acropolis says the owner has taken steps to make improvements. Some noticeable changes include a surveillance camera and signs that say no loitering.

Security has also been hired to work during the peak hours: Friday and Saturday nights from midnight to 3 a.m.

"Everyone wants the University area to be safe including my client, including Acropolis Pizza. Without the area being safe, people are not going to frequent his establishment and he's not going to do as well," said Acropolis Pizza Attorney Tom Cerio.

The city's abatement officer said the incidents are a safety issue but also acknowledged the changes the owner has made. All of that will be considered when making the recommendation.

Nuisance abatement Officer Sheldon Ashkin said, "I'll take that information and weigh that in terms of what remedies if any can be done, any further remedies can be recommended to the chief of police."

The final decision will be Chief Fowler's. There's no timetable for a ruling.

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