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Greenwich slated for D.C. eatery’s first Connecticut grill


Washington D.C.-based Mediterranean eatery Cava has picked Greenwich for its first Connecticut location after an extensive tour of the state and Fairfield County in particular, said Brent Renner, Cava’s director of real estate. “We found Greenwich ...


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By Macaela JBennett Published 3:31 pm, Friday, July 28, 2017 Photo: Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media / Greenwich Time" class="landscape" /> Photo: Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media / Greenwich Time" class="landscape" /> Photo: Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/2 CaptionClose Image 1 of 2 Buy photo The casual Greek Mediterranean restaurant Cava will soon open in the former home of Cosi at 129 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Conn., photographed on Monday, July 17, 2017. The casual Greek Mediterranean restaurant Cava will soon open in the former home of Cosi at 129 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Conn., photographed on Monday, July 17, 2017. Photo: Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media Buy this photo Image 2 of 2 Buy photo The casual Greek Mediterranean restaurant Cava will soon open in the former home of Cosi at 129 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Conn., photographed on Monday, July 17, 2017. The casual Greek Mediterranean restaurant Cava will soon open in the former home of Cosi at 129 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Conn., photographed on Monday, July 17, 2017. Photo: Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media Buy this photo /**/ Greenwich slated for D.Ceatery’s first Connecticut grill 1 / 2 Back to Gallery /**/ Washington D.C.-based Mediterranean eatery Cava has picked Greenwich for its first Connecticut location after an extensive tour of the state and Fairfield County in particular, said Brent Renner, Cava’s director of real estate “We found Greenwich aligned best with our brand so far as being an educated active group that matches with our unique healthy offering,” Renner told Hearst Connecticut Media. Downtown Greenwich has seen a spurt of healthy, fast casual food spots opening this year with Mix Creative Kitchen’s April launch on West Elm Street, Nantucket-based Something Natural tapping Greenwich for its first off-island shop behind Saks on Greenwich Avenue, and most recently with Cava’s decision to move into Cosi’s vacated storefront on West Putnam Avenue Eventually, Cava would like to consider opening its grills in other nearby Connecticut communities, Renner said, but Greenwich is its only planned location in the state for now “One of the things we really want to be is convenient for our clients,” he said“And that’s what we see in this shopping center locationIt has the perfect access, visibility and parkingI look at real estate as a mixture of science and data and art form.” The Cava Grill may be a short distance from Greenwich Avenue, but Renner said the brand considers itself one that fits with the avenue’s culture“We see ourselves as a Greenwich Avenue concept, but for us, convenience is critical,” he said The avenue’s lack of parking especially convinced Cava to opt elsewhere, he said Based on the brand’s tentative plans, it hopes to hold its Greenwich grand opening by the end of the year, Renner said, adding its openings are always “community days,” where Cava partners with a local nonprofit to donate its first-day earningsCava currently has 33 grills and Greenwich is set to be one of the next few to launch, he said The Cava brand began 11 years ago as a full-service restaurant in MarylandAs marketed broadly on its website, three friends launched the concept and did everything themselves from paying for it with their credit cards to building its furniture by hand and even acting as both the cooks and wait staff initially, Renner said“Out of all that came Cava Grill,” he added“We’re growing but we still act like a family company.” In addition to its grills, Cava has made its mark on the healthy food industry with its packaged consumer goods, such as hummus, which are sold in more than 200 Whole Foods, Renner said. Within two years, the young brand has raised more than $90 million in funding, according to a March report by the Washington Business JournalIts latest $30 million round has prompted its expansion along the coasts, Cava’s CEO Brett Schulman told the publication The growth has also been heavily focused in New York City, with several recent openings in Union Square and on 24th Street and Park Avenue while others are on on the way, according to its website. Greenwich’s Cava Grill will be located at 129 WPutnam Ave Contact the writer at mbennett@greenwichtime.com; Twitter @Macaela_ /**/ /**/ Most Popular 1 Public indecency charge in backcountry 2 Greenwich PD investigating possible rape 3 Two burglaries reported Friday night 4 Annual Sandblast brings temporary art to Greenwich shore 5 Greenwich P&Z considers new house-size regs 6 “Belligerent” altercation brings police to Riverside 7 Keep on trucking: Greenwich’s XPO Logistics sees no limit to... /**/ /**/ View Comments

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