Updated on June 6, 2017 at 8:14 AM
Posted on June 6, 2017 at 8:13 AM
CAVA, a "fast casual restaurant" specializing in Mediterranean food, is opening two New Jersey locations this year. (Courtesy photo)
By Joseph Atmonavage
Within the next few months, New Jersey will have two new quick dining options as CAVA, a “fast casual restaurant” specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, is opening locations in Jersey City and Paramus.
“We’re thrilled to bring our craveable and balanced food style to northern New Jersey,” said Lindsey Cohen, a company spokeswoman. “Our growth along the East Coast has been humbling and exciting as we continue to bring CAVA to more diverse communities.”
The Jersey City location plans to open at 30 Montgomery St., a prime spot near the city’s quickly developing waterfront, during the summer. (An exact date has yet to be announced.)
The Paramus store will be at the The Outlets at Bergen Town Center and is scheduled to open at some point this fall.
The inaugural locations in New Jersey are part of CAVA’s expansion into the Greater New York City region, which includes six new restaurants in the area by the end of 2017. There is one location already open in Union Square. Nationwide, the company is on track to open more than 20 restaurants in 2017, bringing their total to over 40.
Customers have the option to customize their meals. The made-to-order restaurant allows patrons to pick a “base” (salad, grain bowl, pita, etc.), then add dips and spreads (tzatziki, hummus, eggplant and red pepper dip, etc.), pick a protein (falafel, spicy lamb meatballs, grilled chiken, etc.) and finally, cap it off with various toppings (cabbage slaw, kalamata olives, shredded romaine, etc.)
Even though CAVA is opening its first stores in New Jersey, residents may be familiar with their dips and spreads that are available at over 200 Whole Foods Markets and other specialty grocery stores nationwide.
Childhood friends Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos, and executive chef Dimitri Moshovitis, founded the chain in 2011 after having success with Cava Mezze, a full-service restaurant mini-chain with locations in Maryland and Washington D.C.