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Jax Daily Record Friday, Jul. 1, 202209:00 AM EST

CAVA Grill converting Bartram Village Zoës Kitchen

Five Jacksonville area locations will change names to the similar fast-casual concept.

A second Zoës Kitchen will be converted in CAVA Grill, also a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant.

The city approved a permit June 30 to convert Zoës Kitchen in Bartram Village at 13920 Old St. Augustine Road, No. 101, at a cost of $285,101.

Embree Construction Group Inc. of Georgetown, Texas, is the contractor for the 3,000-square-foot project.

The site has been showing the Bartram Village location in its careers section.

The permit follows one approved June 2 for Embree Construction Group to convert Zoës Kitchen at St. Johns Town Center into CAVA Grill. That 2,230-square-foot restaurant is at 4624 Town Crossing Drive, No. 149.

Washington, D.C.-based CAVA Group bought Plano, Texas-based Zoës in late 2018 and has been converting the locations.

At least four of the five Jacksonville area Zoës are identified for conversion into CAVA.

In addition to the two permitted, the city is reviewing applications for CAVA Grill renovations at Zoës at 90 Riverside Ave. in Brooklyn Station on Riverside and at 10422 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin.

Zoës also operates at 240 Florida A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Zoës offers a Mediterranean-themed menu that includes hummus, falafel, salads, soups, pitas, kabobs, plates, bowls and sandwiches.

CAVA Grill features a build-your-own line for diners to choose among bases, dips and spreads, proteins and toppings, including lamb meatballs, roasted vegetables and grilled chicken. It serves bowls, pitas and salads.

Nation’s Restaurant News reported March 24, 2021, that CAVA Group’s $300 million acquisition of Zoës expanded the company from 66 to 326 locations across the U.S.

CAVA Grill’s site shows 230 locations in 17 states and Washington, D.C.

In Florida, the CAVA careers page shows job openings in Orlando, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Winter Park and in Winter Springs.

Zoës Kitchen lists 93 restaurants in 15 states. It shows 19 in Florida, including the five in the Jacksonville area.

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