Zoli's makes New York-style pizzas -- big ones -- that are sold by the slice.

Zoli's makes New York-style pizzas -- big ones -- that are sold by the slice.

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[Editor's note: This September 2015 story has been updated to reflect the pizza place's Feb. 14, 2016 closing date.]

We've known since fall 2015 that Zoli's NY Pizza, the beloved restaurant in Oak Cliff, will eventually be forced to close as it's replaced by a $57 million development near the Bishop Arts District.

Zoli's is famous for its sign. 

Zoli's is famous for its sign. 

Courtesy of Zoli's Facebook page

CultureMap reports that Valentine's Day 2016 is its last day open, and owner Jay Jerrier confirms the news is true. Start writing your love letters to its popular Grandma pizza now.

Zoli's is expected to live on in another neighborhood, though it won't land at a new address in Oak Cliff, Jerrier said back in September 2015.

"There's just not enough people down there, or maybe they just hate us and our sign and our pizza," Jerrier says. (He's joking. Mostly.) "We're probably a better fit in another part of town."

The sign he's referring to is the kiosk outside the restaurant, where it pointedly pokes fun at the social media blitz of the moment. When DeAndre Jordan changed his mind and did not join the Dallas Mavericks team, Zolis' sign told him to "choke on a pizza." During talks of the new Oak Cliff development that will eventually shut down Zoli's, Jerrier used the sign to guess what might be next. "Future home of Bishop Arts Spray Tan and Manscaping" is an especially cheeky one.

The development in Oak Cliff, coming from a company called Alamo Manhattan, will include five-story buildings that will house apartments and retail. Several months ago, some businesses said they're fighting the deal.

Not Jerrier. 

Owner Jay Jerrier knew Zoli's would get "swallowed up" in the development. He seems ready to find a new place.

Zoli's might become a sit-down restaurant instead of a walk-up counter, he said in fall 2015. But will it sell the Meat Wreath this Christmas? Only time will tell.

Zoli's New York Pizza Tavern

They're looking "everywhere" for the next spot -- in Fort Worth, Dallas and even Houston, the owner says.

"For Zoli's, we really want to find a place with more neighborhood traffic so it can be a neighborhood pizzeria," he says. 

Sorry, Oak Cliff.

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