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Scuttlebutt Confirmed: Rare Bourbons Upstairs – Cava Grill Downstairs

cava grill
1220 Connecticut Ave, NW

Last Monday we learned that “rare bourbons” was coming to the 2nd floor of the former Bertucci’s space on Connecticut Ave across from Shake Shack. We heard some scuttlebutt that the downstairs would be taken over by a Cava Grill.

Confirmation from a press release:

“Continuing its largest expansion to date, Cava Grill is thrilled to announce the opening of a new location in the center of Washington, DC’s bustling Dupont Circle neighborhood. One of their most requested and anticipated opening locations, Cava Grill’s Dupont shop will sit at 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW, on the south side of the circle on Connecticut Avenue, perfectly situated between the downtown, DC, 14th Street and Georgetown neighborhoods. The restaurant will be its 15th location and is expected to open in Spring 2016.

Cava Grill’s new location will feature a dedicated space for online order pick-ups, so customers can order ahead and pick up their meals with ease. The Dupont shop will also feature an expanded open-kitchen layout; local beer and wine on tap; new menu items including seasonal vegetables roasted in Cava’s new stone-fired ovens, and rotating seasonal soups, juices, and teas made in-house daily; deeper relationships with local partners like Whisked!, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, and RunningByrd Tea; and additional community initiatives representative of Cava’s commitment to innovation, evolution, and attentiveness within fast-casual dining.

Keeping with Cava Grill’s opening traditions, the public will be invited to celebrate the new location with a Community Day, where lunch and dinner (grain bowls, salads, pitas) are free, with an encouraged donation to their local non-profit partner, City Blossoms, which champions healthy eating in the DC community. That date will be announced closer to the opening.”

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