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DC's Cava Grill Plans LA Invasion After Raising $16 Million

The Mediterranean fast casual concept should be up and running by the end of the year.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Man, even DC is trying to jump on the L.A. bandwagon these days. Taking a (probably) cue from (probably) April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s probable expansion out west, Washington’s Cava Grill will also land a few fast casual eateries out this way. The Middle Eastern-inspired eatery serves up a combo of spreads and meats built over a bowl or put into a wrap.

Eater DC has done well in covering the expansion of the mini-chain back east, including details about the company’s ongoing Community Day tradition, which sees the business give away free food in lieu of a donation to a partner charity. That's pretty wonderful, actually, considering the company is swimming in cash following their recent round of Series C funding, which netted them a cool $16 million. Hence the westward expansion plans, as well as upcoming outposts nearer to home in Virginia.

The plan for now is for Cava Grill, which acts like an 800 Degrees or other upscale casual chain, to land at least one location in Los Angeles by the end of the year, though there's no official word yet on what neighborhood they'll end up in.