Paloma, which has been dishing upmarket French-influenced Mexican cuisine since mid-2010 at 763 S. Eighth St. in Bella Vista (and for nearly a decade before that in Northeast Philadelphia's Oxford Circle section), will close after dinner Dec. 22.

In a note on the restaurant's Facebook page, owners Adán and Barb Cohan-Saavedra wrote: "We've been doing this for more than 17 years and – although we still love it – it's time for us to be able to take vacations, spend time with friends and family and enjoy life."

He came up through the ranks in the Philadelphia area 30 years ago as a non-English-speaking dishwasher in Conshohocken. He then worked his way up to line cook in diners, then in French kitchens (Taquet, La Truffe, Ciboulette, the cafeteria at the Four Seasons).

Saying the restaurant is in move-in condition, Barb Cohan-Saavedra said they could leave their equipment in place to sell to a new tenant.