Fort Worth regular closes and a new quick and laid-back Mediterranean restaurant sets up shop – CAVA is here
OOne of the first restaurants in Fort Worth’s Waterside Mall was Zoës Kitchen. But now it’s closed and the space long inhabited by the fast-casual brand will soon be occupied by another style of Mediterranean cuisine that is currently exploding across the country. Prepare for CAVA.
CAVA, based in Washington, DC, has no less than 11 restaurants in Texas (four in Austin, six in Dallas and surrounding areas, and one in Southlake). This Waterside CAVA will be the chain’s first restaurant in Fort Worth. It occupies the space next to Tricky Fish and is close to Piatello Italian and The Rim, which also just opened.
CAVA’s rapid expansion is due to its merger with Zoës Kitchen in 2018, which allowed the brand to enrich its existing real estate portfolio, rename some restaurants Zoe’s Kitchen and introduce CAVA to new people. The reallocation and conversion of existing restaurants to CAVAs is effective and diners are already trained to expect Mediterranean cuisine in these locations.
Fresh is at CAVA, where you can customize your meal to your liking with a menu to compose yourself.
Start with the basics – green vegetables, cereals or pita. Then add sauces such as harissa, hummus or roasted eggplant, along with a choice of proteins, toppings and dressings. CAVA is above all having choices.
You can go carnivorous with the spicy lamb meatballs or the honey harissa chicken. Or with crispy falafels, roasted vegetables or white sweet potatoes seasoned with cilantro and paprika. Garnish with a special tahini Caesar, candied lemon vinaigrette or yogurt and dill vinaigrette. And these are just a few of the options.
A selection of CAVA dips and spreads are even available at Whole Foods (one happens to be just around the corner) or grocery stores in the Central Market. And CAVA prides itself on its digital prowess, with orders ready to be picked up or delivered through its app.
Interior spaces are modern and spartan, with lots of exposed brickwork, raw wood tones, and concrete floors. The line forms around the walls leading to the Chipotle, Blaze Pizza or Subway Sandwich style food assembly line.
CAVA will pick up where Zoës Kitchen left off when CAVA’s redesign and transformation is complete.