After six months of waiting to obtain a building lease and for the Boston Licensing Board to approve a liquor license, Agoro’s Pizza Bar and Grill is now set to open up in Brighton, Mass.
Agoro's will replace Roggie’s, a popular pizza joint loved by Boston College students and other members of the community surrounding the restaurant. Agoro's Pizza Bar and Grill will create a similar setup to the previous establishment, and will offer pizza by the slice on one side of the restaurant and a full sports bar and grill next door.
Agoro’s specializes in Greek-style pan pizza, but also offers a variety of menu options including “mouth-watering burgers and authentic pasta." The two brothers who own Agoro’s -- Dimitrios and Nicholas Liakos -- have been running their Somerset, Mass. location since 1984. The Brighton location will include food delivery services until 3 a.m. and bar service until 1 a.m.
Roggie's, the pizza joint that operated prior to Agoro's, found itself under fire from the authorities ever since a customer fell down the stairs of the Chestnut Hill Ave. bar in 2014. Owner John Rogaris was accused of misleading the police following the incident. While he initially plead ‘not guilty’ to the charges, Rogaris pleaded guilty to interfering with a police investigation of a near-fatal accident last December. Rogaris admitted to charges of withholding evidence during the course of a criminal investigation, witness intimidation, and two counts of misleading an investigator, according to a statement from Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.
On May 23, 2014, when a 20-year-old man fell down a flight of stairs inside Roggie’s bar, Rogaris urged employees to take the man outside and leave him in the parking lot, where a passerby found him and called 911, prosecutors said. When police attempted to get a surveillance tape of the incident from inside and outside the bar, Rogaris said that there was no video, according to prosecutors. Officers ultimately executed a search warrant to get the tapes and saw the body being moved, prosecutors said.
Rogaris has been sentenced to two years in the House of Correction following two years of probationary time, during which he will be required to do 200 hours of community service.
Agoro’s has obtained a 20-year lease for the Brighton location and the brothers are currently working with local neighbors and police to mitigate any concerns before opening. The Liakos brothers hope Agoro’s will be known as a family-friendly business that will be in the local neighborhood for many years to come.