Cava Is Closing After 25 Years

Owner Carlos López-Hollis reports that Coast Village Road mainstay Cava will be closing on September 15 after 25 years. Here’s the announcement:

It has been a tremendous run these past 25 years and our family is beyond grateful to our wonderful community for all of the unwavering support.

We have experienced some challenging years of late on Coast Village Road, starting with the Thomas Fire, the subsequent debris flow event and on through to the pandemic. We are very proud of our team for staying the course through such trying times. It is gratifying to end Cava’s long run on a positive note, with heads held high, as we do right by employees, customers and vendors alike—we realize this is incredibly rare in our industry and we feel fortunate to be doing so.

We will certainly miss operating in this beautiful location but we are also very excited for what the future brings… We hope our loyal patrons will continue to enjoy the same delicious Mexican cuisine and signature Margaritas at our sibling restaurants: Carlitos Café y Cantina (est. 1978), across from the historic Arlington Theater on State Street and Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar (est. 2009), in beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. You will undoubtedly see many of the familiar smiling faces from Cava’s beloved staff at one of our other locations.

Please swing by for one last “¡Salud!” this coming week as we plan on finishing strong each day (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) through Wednesday, September 15.


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Wow. Cava is the best restaurant of their three, and such a great location. Will be a big loss for us. We so miss sitting inside at the bar.


Over the years Cava was our family favorite. We love Mandi & Carlos wish them all the best.