Cava is modernizing the drive-thru. The homegrown fast-casual chain is rolling out a pick-up window at its new Frederick, Maryland, location that takes orders from an app that lets diners schedule a time to pull up for Mediterranean bowls.
Frederick is one of five coast-to-coast Cava locations — and the only one in the D.C. market — testing out the new pickup model, dubbed Pick-Up By Car, this year. The new 2,166-square-foot location (5615 Spectrum Drive) is scheduled to open today. In addition to using the app, people can also place drive-thru orders online.
“We wanted to rethink the ability of getting food at the drive-thru. The drive-thru itself isn’t that efficient — you order on site, you wait in a long line,” Cava CEO Brett Schulman told Forbes this year.
The new Frederick site also features a patio and seats 36. Hours are 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cava expanded its national reach big time by scooping up another Mediterranean chain last year: Zoe’s Kitchen, a fast-casual eatery with 261 locations across 20 U.S. markets.
It recently inked a lucrative expansion deal to sell its signature line of dips and spreads (think Crazy Feta, harissa, and hummus) on shelves at Whole Foods Markets nationwide.