Bear witness to the rise of the unstoppable healthy-eating fast casual chain, as evidenced by this week's news that Cava Grill is nearly ready to serve in Westwood. The Mediterranean-leaning D.C. export plans to be up and running by this Thursday, joining the likes of Sweetgreen (they offer DIY salad and grain bowls) and Yalla as growing quick service options for the price and health-conscious lunch crowds across Los Angeles.
Cava Grill already enjoys one L.A.-area location up at the Village at Westfield Topanga, which opened last October. The idea for the Westwood menu will be largely the same: mix up formats (salad bowls, grain bowls, pita, etc.) with sauces, proteins, and toppings to create a DIY lunch that could include everything from falafel to lamb meatballs.
The new Westwood space is similarly bright and clean too, with loads of light blonde wood, communal seating, and high ceilings. They've even whitewashed the brick inside, and feature the same open kitchen as their other locations.
As fellow D.C. companies aiming squarely at the fast casual healthy eating market, Cava Grill routinely earns comparisons to salad bowl spot Sweetgreen. Not only is Cava Grill making big-money inroads into the West Coast market, Sweetgreen recently announced that they'd be relocating their headquarters out to Culver City later this year.
Cava Grill Westwood opens this Thursday with a Community Day, wherein their lunch service (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner service (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) will be completely free, with donations instead encouraged for the L.A.-based Garden School Foundation non-profit. Normal lunch through dinner hours will then resume on Friday and continue seven days per week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cava Grill Westwood
1073 Broxton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA