It’s out with one restaurant chain and in with another at a Willow Lawn storefront.
Cava Grill is preparing to open in the former Zoes Kitchen space at 1601 Willow Lawn Drive.
Zoes closed last week after more than six years in the space and work has already begun to convert it into a Cava.
The changeover follows a 2018 deal in which the two restaurant brands came under the same ownership after Cava Group, Cava’s parent company, purchased Zoes Kitchen for $300 million, according to national reports. Since then, some Zoes Kitchen locations have been converted into Cava Grills throughout the country.
The Willow Lawn site was the last remaining Zoes location in the region. Its other spots in Short Pump and Midlothian closed at some point this year.
Willow Lawn will be Cava’s fifth store in the Richmond region, joining outposts in Short Pump, VCU and two in Midlothian. It’s unclear when Cava is aiming to open the new spot. Cava and Willow Lawn representatives were not available for comment by press time.
Willow Lawn has seen a bit of churn among restaurants in the last year.
Pie Five Pizza Co., Duck Donuts and Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar closed at Willow Lawn.