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Healthy Mediterranean restaurant puts 2 Dallas locations in the works

Healthy Mediterranean restaurant puts 2 Dallas locations in the works

Austin Cava bowl
Cava does bowls. Photo courtesy of Cava

UPDATE 1-14-2020: The Uptown Dallas location of Cava will open on Tuesday, January 21. This location is the second in the Dallas area, joining Cava Legacy West which opened in Plano in spring 2019.


A healthy restaurant chain based in Washington D.C. is opening not just one but two restaurants in the Dallas area in 2019. It's called Cava and there'll be a location in Uptown Dallas, slated for summer 2019; and Plano's Legacy West, which will open in the spring.

Cava started out as a full-service restaurant in Rockville, Maryland, in 2006. The concept was founded by three childhood friends — Ike Grigoropoulos, chef Dimitri Moshovitis, and Ted Xenohristos — to celebrate the flavors of their families' traditional Greek and Mediterranean cooking in a casual modern setting, dedicated to fresh, Mediterranean-inspired, better-for-you cuisine.

Cava offers a customizable menu including their signature crazy feta, spicy lamb meatballs, and cauliflower quinoa tabbouleh, as well as a rotating seasonal offering of juices, soups, and roasted vegetables.

Cava also has a packaged goods line, including dips and spreads that are sold in grocery stores such as Whole Foods Market.

The Dallas openings mark the first for Cava in the area. However, in 2018, the company acquired Zoes Kitchen, the Plano-based chain which has more than 250 restaurants.

As previously reported oh-so exclusively on CultureMap, Cava Uptown will be located at 1919 McKinney Ave., next to the Spaces co-working concept where CultureMap fortuitously offices.

The Plano location will be called Cava Legacy West, and will be at 7501 Windrose Ave. #D170, right in between Mesero and Tommy Bahama.

There are currently three locations of Cava in Texas, all in Austin, where they opened in 2018.