Chef/owner Tim Bonnie said he had pulled the plug on Johnny Manana's, the Mexican eatery just off Kelly Drive in East Falls.
Bonnie said he and partners had elected not to renew the lease after more than 14 years. As the concept had begun to flag, he said, they decided that necessary repairs were not worth making.
Meanwhile, he said, they are working to open a Johnny Manana's restaurant in Coral Gables, Fla., and were developing a new restaurant in this area.
Johnny Manana's opened in 2002 in a former check-cashing agency to great notice. Its sidewalk dining, rare for the area, was a destination.
In recent years, investors had bought into Johnny Manana's. A planned Center City location was announced but later fell through.
A location on Delaware Avenue in Fishtown opened late last year and closed early this year, around the time the business filed for bankruptcy protection; the petition was dismissed over the summer.