CAVA

Photo courtesy of CAVA

Fast casual Mediterranean chain CAVA will open two Nashville locations within the next two years, including Green Hills and downtown.

The Washington-D.C. based restaurant plans to open at The Mall at Green Hills in late 2019, followed by a 2020 opening at the $450 million mixed use development Fifth + Broadway.

Mall officials recently announced Phoenix-based restaurateur Sam Fox is bringing his modern Italian concept chain North Italia to the shopping center, which is also slated to open next fall.

"We want to improve so that it's more a shopping destination for the entire family," Kimberly Hales, general manager of The Mall at Green Hills, told Rover in a November interview. "We know our food offerings are limited. (That's) why we're going to add four restaurants — so that when you're hungry, you have more onsite choices."

What to know

Three first-generation Greek Americans and childhood friends co-founded the restaurant as a way to introduce Mediterranean food to a wider audience. At CAVA, you'll find made-from-scratch customizable dishes like pita sandwiches, entree plates, salads, grain bowls and more.

CAVA operates more than 60 locations nationwide. The two Nashville restaurant are the only announced Tennessee locations at this time.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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