to succeed. It’s been our drive from day
one. We’ve been very fortunate. Even our
investors are amazing. We appreciate
that. We don’t come from money. We’ve
worked for everything that we have. We
feel the need to be successful because we
don’t want to let people down.
Dimitri: I feel pressure. [Laughter] With
65 [CAVA] stores, the 200 Whole Foods
and all the dips that people are buying,
plus all the food service and catering
we’re doing—that’s a lot of people who
critique you or praise you at the end of
that day. I like being nervous. It helps
you not lay back.
Ted: I agree with Dimitri. I wake up, I
feel the pressure. It’s like nervous butterflies, like going out on a first date. I
think we’re always feeling a little bit of
pressure because we’re always doing
something new as we grow.
You’ve really expanded from your
home base. Do you still feel a strong
connection to Montgomery County?
Ted: It’s where we were born, where we
were raised, where we go to church. I
went away to California [to open CAVA
restaurants] and my mom gave me crap
for the whole year and a half that I was
gone. We can’t move too far away from
our families. We have everything here.
Dimitri: I’m raising my kids in Montgomery County. I have two little ones,
an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old. ;ere’s
no better place for them to grow up than
Ted: ;e other day I walked into a grocery store and I saw a customer who had
been eating at the original CAVA [in
Rockville] since day one, and he was like,
‘Come here, give me a hug, I’m so proud
of you guys. I remember coming to the
restaurant in the first week or two and
how hard you guys worked. You guys
really deserve it.’ We’re kind of like the
home team. Our customers are cheering for us. n
Carole Sugarman is a longtime food
writer and a contributing editor at
Bethesda Magazine. ;e Bethesda Interview is edited for clarity and length.
Julie Christopher is a partner in the Family Law department at
Stein Sperling. She concentrates her practice in the areas of domestic
relations. Julie is trained to serve as a child privilege, best interests, or
child advocate attorney, and as court-appointed counsel for alleged
disabled persons and as guardian of property .
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