Popular Ponce pizzeria to close after more than two decades

A pizza place that made its home next to "Murder Kroger" since 1996 is reportedly set to serve its last slice next month.

Cameli's Pizza will close its doors at 699 Ponce de Leon Ave. in April, owner George Cameli confirmed in an e-mail to Creative Loafing via his marketing and communications director.

" The redevelopment of the Kroger on Ponce has made the parking situation (at Cameli's) unbearable and sales (have) declined sharply since construction began just after the Kroger closed for business on October 29, 2016," the e-mail said. "Although Cameli's has the right to extend its lease for another five-year term, doing so would be unsustainable considering the condition of the property and the negative impact the redevelopment has had for the business."

The restaurant, which specializes in gourmet pizza, calzones, sandwiches and salads, also has a location at 337 Moreland Ave. NE in Little Five Points that will remain open.

Cameli also owned the now-shuttered pasta restaurant Pastaficio Cameli in East Atlanta with his brother Joe, which then became Cameli's Vegan/Vegetarian and eventually closed in the early 2000s.