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A new Mediterranean restaurant among latest openings at Atherton Mill in South End

The Charlotte Observer logo The Charlotte Observer 12/3/2019 By Catherine Muccigrosso, The Charlotte Observer

A new Mediterranean restaurant will open next week at Atherton Mill in South End.

Cava, based in Washington, D.C., will open Dec. 10 at 2126 South Blvd., according to a company news release. The 2,149-square-foot site is the eighth in North Carolina and fourth in Charlotte.

The new restaurant will feature 52 seats, a patio and a designated pickup area, the release said.

Cava has ties to Charlotte’s Greek restaurant community, the Observer previously reported. Co-founder and executive chef Dimitri Moshovitis’s late uncles used to own the Knife & Fork, a diner that was at Sharon Amity Road and Independence Boulevard.

Cava started expanding into Charlotte in 2017 and last year acquired the chain Zoës Kitchen for about $300 million, the Observer previously reported. Other Charlotte Cava locations are Park Road, University Place and Waverly. All location hours are 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Cava has more than 60 restaurants that serve Mediterranean dishes made from scratch, such as spicy lamb meatballs and cauliflower quinoa tabbouleh.

Atherton Mill has seen several openings in the last month, including Madewell clothing store, The Golden Carrot jewelry store, Drybar, West Elm home goods and decor store, Free People, Anthropologie, Las Olas and Warby Parker. Restaurants include Big Ben British Restaurant and Pub, The Eagle Food & Beer Hall, Indaco and Trolley Barn Fermentory.

The new tenants are part of the 60,500 square feet of retail being developed along the Charlotte Rail Trail near Publix and Sycamore Brewing. Property owner Edens, a Columbia-based developer, also owns Park Road Shopping Center.

Edens is working with Crescent Communities to add over 300 high-end apartments to the development. Novel Atherton is welcoming its first residents, according to a news release.

It is one of five multifamily communities the company has planned, under construction or in lease-up in Charlotte, totaling more than 1,600 residences. Novel Montford Park welcomed its first residents in April, while the first residents moved into Novel Research Park in February. Novel LoSo Station is expected to begin construction by the end of the year and Novel University Place will break ground in the late spring 2020, according to a press release.

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