There are many ways to describe Lafayette and the things we love, but new restaurants will always have a home at the top of the list.
I can tell you that I always love writing about restaurant openings as opposed to when I have to write about closing. I can also tell you that no matter how many fantastic local restaurants and more than our share of chain options, Lafayette will always give a new restaurant a try.
Back in August 2022, we told you that Zoë’s Kitchen had closed its doors at River Ranch, much to the surprise of some Lafayette residents. I was one of those shocked residents as Zoë’s Kitchen was one of my favorite places to eat when I was in this part of town.
When the first report came out, there was speculation that a CAVA restaurant could open the former location of Zoë’s Kitchen. The fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, whose parent company CAVA Group bought out of Zoë’s Kitchen, has remodeled its gated locations with a similar concept.
What is the difference between Zoë’s Kitchen and CAVA?
While some of the Mediterranean offerings remain the same, CAVA is known for its line-style ordering system (think Izzo’s, Chipotle, Subway) and offers a variety of bowls, salads, pitas, and other healthy dishes.
A recent post on a Lafayette foodie Facebook group showed the latest advancements at the old Zoë’s Kitchen space, as commenters took their best guesses about what’s about to open.
While CAVA still seems to be the front-runner, chains like Torchy’s Tacos, Fuzzy’s, and other fast-casual options have been mentioned. It is also possible that a local concept could be opened in space.
An interesting tidbit when it comes to the detail about the POUR golf cart seen on the course is that the current owner of POUR was not the local Zoë’s Kitchen franchisee.
If you want to play internet detective, you can see if the progress above matches any of the CAVA locations on their Facebook by following the photo posted below.
Whatever opens in the space will enjoy an area with other restaurants and shops in the area, including Another Broken Egg, Bonefish Grill, PALMYRE and more, which are regularly busy.
Tell us what you’d like to see in the River Ranch area and we’ll update you as more details are confirmed.
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https://kpel965.com/ixp/34/p/zoes-cava-lafayette-river-ranch/ Progress in Old Zoë’s Kitchen Location