Così, Inc : Così, Inc. Announces Leadership Transition

            Così, Inc : Così, Inc. Announces Leadership Transition

CONTACT:William E. Koziel
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                  Così, Inc. Announces Leadership Transition

DEERFIELD, IL - June  11, 2013 -  Così, Inc. (NASDAQ:  COSI), the fast  casual 
restaurant company, today announced that its Board of Directors has  appointed 
Executive Chairman  of  the Board  Stephen  Edwards, 50,  as  Chief  Executive 
Officer and President of the Company following the resignation of Carin Stutz,
56. Stutz  has resigned  as  Chief Executive  Officer  and President  of  the 
Company and as a member of  the Board of Directors, effective immediately,  to 
pursue other opportunities.

"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Carin for her service to Così,"
said Edwards. "We wish Carin well in her future endeavors."

In appointing  the  new  CEO,  the Board  of  Directors  emphasized  that  the 
Company's first priority must be to shrink its cost structure, limit its  need 
for capital investment and  become a profitable business.  At the same  time, 
Così must adopt a strategy for rejuvenation and growth. To that end,  Edwards 
will lead Così's efforts to evaluate its existing portfolio of restaurants  to 
identify refranchising opportunities with new and existing franchisees as part
of its overall effort to accelerate franchise growth. "Our franchise partners
have proven that  they can  operate successful restaurants  under our  brand," 
stated Edwards.  "Our  focus  will  be  to  give  these  partners  and  other 
entrepreneurs like them the tools they need to grow the Così system." Edwards
will  also  lead  the  initiative  already  underway  to  exit  a  number   of 
underperforming locations. Finally, as part of the restructuring effort, Così
implemented reductions in its administrative workforce today that will  result 
in an annual savings of approximately $1.0 million. 

"Così is a great brand," said Edwards.  "Our mission is to create a  business 
model that builds on  the strength of our  brand while generating profits  for 
our shareholders. And to do so quickly."

About Così, Inc.
Così^® (  is a  national fast  casual restaurant  chain 
that has  developed  featured foods  built  around a  secret,  generations-old 
recipe for crackly  crust flatbread. This  artisan bread is  freshly baked  in 
front of  customers  throughout  the  day  in  open-flame  stone-hearth  ovens 
prominently located  in  each  of  the restaurants.  Così's  warm  and  urbane 
atmosphere is geared  towards its sophisticated,  upscale, urban and  suburban 
guests. There  are currently  74 Company-owned  and 50  franchise  restaurants 
operating in sixteen  states, the  District of  Columbia and  the United  Arab 
Emirates. The  Così^®  vision is  to  become America's  favorite  fast  casual 
restaurant by providing customers  authentic, innovative, savory  hand-crafted 
food while remaining an affordable luxury.

The Così^® menu features  Così^® sandwiches, freshly-tossed salads,  breakfast 
wraps, melts, soups, Così^® Squagels^®, flatbread pizzas, S'mores, snacks  and 
other desserts, and a wide range  of coffee and coffee-based drinks and  other 
specialty beverages.  Così^®  restaurants are  designed  to be  welcoming  and 
comfortable with an  eclectic environment. Così's  sights, sounds, and  spaces 
create a  tasteful, relaxed  ambience that  provides a  fresh and  new  dining 

"Così," "(Sun & Moon Design)" and  related marks are registered trademarks  of 
Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and  certain other countries. Copyright © 2013  Così, 
Inc. All rights reserved.

1995. This press release contains statements that constitute forward-  looking 
statements under the federal  securities laws. Forward-looking statements  are 
statements  about  future  events  and  expectations  and  not  statements  of 
historical fact. The words  "believe," "may," "will," "should,"  "anticipate," 
"estimate," "expect,"  "intend,"  "objective," "seek,"  "plan,"  "strive,"  or 
similar  words,  or  negatives  of  these  words,  identify  forward-  looking 
statements. We  qualify  any  forward-looking  statements  entirely  by  these 
cautionary factors.  Forward-looking  statements  are  based  on  management's 
beliefs, assumptions  and expectations  of  our future  economic  performance, 
taking  into  account  the  information  currently  available  to  management. 
Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause  our 
actual results, performance or financial  condition to differ materially  from 
the expectations  of future  results, performance  or financial  condition  we 
express or  imply  in  any  forward-looking  statements.  Factors  that  could 
contribute to these differences include, but  are not limited to: the cost  of 
our  principal  food   products  and   supply  and   delivery  shortages   and 
interruptions;  labor  shortages   or  increased  labor   costs;  changes   in 
demographic trends  and consumer  tastes  and preferences,  including  changes 
resulting from concerns over nutritional  or safety aspects of beef,  poultry, 
produce, or other  foods or the  effects of food-borne  illnesses, such as  E. 
coli, "mad cow disease" and avian influenza or "bird flu"; competition in  our 
markets, both in our business and  in locating suitable restaurant sites;  our 
operation and  execution  in new  and  existing markets;  expansion  into  new 
markets including foreign markets; our ability to attract and retain qualified
franchisees and  our franchisees'  ability  to open  restaurants on  a  timely 
basis; our ability  to locate suitable  restaurant sites in  new and  existing 
markets and negotiate acceptable lease terms; the rate of our internal  growth 
and our ability to generate  increased revenue from our existing  restaurants; 
our ability to generate positive cash flow from existing and new  restaurants; 
fluctuations in our quarterly results due to seasonality; increased government
regulation and  our  ability  to  secure  required  government  approvals  and 
permits; our ability to  create customer awareness of  our restaurants in  new 
markets; the reliability of  our customer and  market studies; cost  effective 
and timely  planning, design  and build  out of  restaurants; our  ability  to 
recruit, train and  retain qualified  corporate and  restaurant personnel  and 
management; market  saturation  due  to new  restaurant  openings;  inadequate 
protection of  our intellectual  property; our  ability to  obtain  additional 
capital and  financing;  adverse  weather  conditions  which  impact  customer 
traffic  at  our  restaurants;   and  adverse  economic  conditions.   Further 
information regarding factors that could affect our results and the statements
made herein  are included  in our  filings with  the Securities  and  Exchange 

           Additional information is available on Così's website at
 in the investor relations section.


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