In 2010, childhood friends Ike Grigoropoulos, Dimitri Moshovitis, and Ted Xenohristos, along with co-founder Brett Schulman, created CAVA — a fast-casual Mediterranean concept focused on health and hospitality. 13 years later, the brand is thriving with hundreds of locations under its helm and, at the same time, helping to share good, nutritious food in an accessible format.
Unsurprisingly, another CAVA location is about to touch down in the sprawling City of Angels at Westfield Century City shopping mall. The second-floor space was once home to international mozzarella specialist Okica before supposedly prepping to become plant-based pasta joint Sestina. However, that project never seemed to come to fruition, and now plywood promoting a CAVA outpost has gone up around the space’s exterior.
As kids, Ike, Dimitri, and Ted all recall heading home from church to indulge in a “big Sunday lunch” typically comprised of slow-roasted lamb, lemony potatoes, lots of olives, and bowls of tzatziki. “Later in life, they cared deeply about creating restaurants that paid homage to the Mediterranean traditions they grew up with,” explains the company website, “where food equals connection, and what’s good for you is also what tastes good too.”
The CAVA menu offers an array of color-filled bowls and pita wraps that can be topped/stuffed with lamb, chicken, falafel, lentils, avocado, roasted eggplant, feta, pickles, tomato, cucumber, corn, cabbage slaw, and a handful of CAVA’s delicious, inspired dips & sauces.