Cava Grill Coming to Chinatown this Summer

707 H Street, NW

Thanks to @dewbertdc for tweeting us the photo above. 707 is the former home of Capital Q BBQ which closed in 2012. From a press release:

“Cava Mezze has finalized a lease agreement to expand its fast-casual restaurant, Cava Grill, with a location in Chinatown at 707 H Street NW, set to open this summer. Drawing from the success of Cava Mezze’s modern take on Greek food, Cava Grill brings these authentic flavors to the fast-casual setting, redefining signature dishes for budget-,time-, and health-conscious customers. The restaurant’s format will fit well in Chinatown’s diverse and busy neighborhood.

Founders Ike Grigoropoulos, Ted Xenohristos, Chef Dimitri Moshovitis, and business partner Brett Schulman are spearheading the expansion, which first opened in Bethesda January 2011. “The authenticity of our food has been the driving force behind our restaurants,” noted Ted Xenohristos. “It goes back to our mothers’ cooking –fresh, flavorful food, shared with family and friends. We are excited to bring Cava Grill to Chinatown and open our first Cava Grill in downtown DC.”

Grigoropoulos, Xenohristos, Moshovitis, and Schulman plan to continue expanding Cava Grill, opening several outlets in the Washington, D.C., metro area, as appropriate locations become available. Cava Grill has five locations in Bethesda, Tenleytown, Columbia Heights, Merrifield, and Tysons Corner. Cava Mezze Restaurant opened in 2006 in Rockville, expanding later to Capitol Hill and Clarendon, VA, and has been recognized as one of Washington’s best restaurants.”

You can see Cava’s menu here.

14 Comment

  • justinbc

    Yes! I’ve wanted one of these near my office or home for quite a while, this is excellent news.

    • msmaryedith

      Barracks Row is near your house, right?

      • I’ve been to that one, but I actually prefer the grill locations to that mezze one. I didn’t feel like there were enough options beyond the grill menu to justify the increase in cost. Both are good, it’s just that the concept is more appealing to me as a lunch alternative to chipotle/chop’t/etc than as a sit down restaurant.

      • justinbc

        Yes, I love the restaurant in Capitol Hill (and their dips at Whole Foods), but this is a fast casual take-out style operation. The menus, and purpose, are very different.

  • +1000 We’ve got one in Columbia Heights, but the more the better (for me).

  • Much needed additional lunch option – Sweetgreen, Taylor, Sweetgreen, Taylor, Cafe Phillips, Sweetgreen, Subway … gets repetitive.

  • I <3 Cava. This is the best news ever.

  • Yes! I’m so excited about this.

  • Oh, how I miss Capital Q. . . .

  • I work around here and, I guess, an Arby’s was too much to ask for….(sigh)…. I like the Barracks Row outpost of Cava Mezze, though. That said, I’ll get you yet, Arby’s Beef ‘N Cheddar (fist violently shaking in the air)!!!

    • I work in this ‘hood as well. Red Apron has opened up around the corner. Hopefully they will have their beef and cheddar on the menu at this location. Of course, it will cost you thrice what at Arby’s sandwich would cost, but the meat will be recognizable as meat.

  • man these places expand so fast… I thought the restaurant biz was one of the riskiest to go into? Hopefully Cava’s quality won’t go down or will become difficult to keep consistent as they open more store (Looking at you, Matchbox, Taylor, Sweetgreen, Lebonese Taverna, Five Guys…)

    • i always wondered that as well
      seems like here they take off though
      although some of them are backed by huge funds there are still some “smaller” ones showing the same boom
      &ZA comes to mind as well

      • justinbc

        It’s definitely one of the riskiest to get into, although the DC market is a bit atypical. It’s nice to see good quality rewarded by success here though, as demonstrated by Cava and &pizza folks. Now if someone could only explain how Manny & Olga’s continues to open new locations…

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