Washington D.C.-Based Mediterranean Food Chain Cava To Open Fifth San Diego Location

December 26, 2022 

Washington D.C.'s CAVA Mediterranean restaurant chain is continuing its local expansion with the opening of the company's fifth San Diego location. 

CAVA was founded in 2011 by childhood friends Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos, and Executive Chef Dimitri Moshovitis. The restaurant was created to bring Mediterranean food to a wider audience, using ingredients made from scratch in-house every day to prepare customizable dishes like salads, grain bowls, pita sandwiches and entree plates. ​The assembly line ordering system features over 50 offerings and 58 million possible combinations of ingredients and flavors. Cava now has more than 200 locations around the country, including San Diego branches in Encinitas, Del Mar, La Jolla, and Mission Valley. 

The newest CAVA location will open within Carmel Mountain Plaza in San Diego's North County community of Carmel Ranch. Like other branches, the assembly line ordering system will offer over 50 dishes, sides and toppings, with over 50 million possible combinations of ingredients and flavors.

CAVA is expected to open in mid-2023 at 11640 Carmel Mountain Road in San Diego's Carmel Ranch. For more information, visit cava.com.