Lexington, SC Zoës Kitchen closes and will become a Cava


A Mediterranean restaurant in Lexington has closed and a new brand will emerge in the same location.

Zoës Kitchen at 5166 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington is now closed, but the storefront there will move to a cava restaurant In the coming months.

Construction work was underway at the site when a reporter stopped briefly on Monday morning. There are signs on the door saying Cava is coming soon, as well as a QR code inviting job seekers to visit cava.com/careers/apply.

Cava has locations in 21 states, according to a location tool on its website. His menu allows diners to customize bowls, starting with a base such as salad, cereal or pita, then adding various dips, spreads, meats and vegetables.

According to industry publication RSQ magazinethe company behind Cava bought the Zoës chain in a $300 million deal several years ago.

This is the second Midlands Zoës Kitchen to close to make way for Cava. The Forest Acres Zoës at 4855 Forest Drive closed in August and work is underway to turn it into a Cava.

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Zoes Kitchen’s location at 5166 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington has closed, but work is underway to change the location to a Cava restaurant. Photo by Chris Trainor

Chris Trainor is a retail reporter for The State and has worked for newspapers in South Carolina for more than 18 years, including previous stops at the (Greenwood) Index-Journal and the (Columbia) Free Times. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the South Carolina Press Association, including honors in column writing, government reporting, profile writing, food writing, election coverage, social media, and more.


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