Così, Inc. Announces New Franchise Opening

BOSTON, Aug. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Così, Inc. (NASDAQ:COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today announced that its franchisee, Sodexo Management LLC, opened a new Cosi® restaurant at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. This new Così® restaurant celebrated its grand opening on Friday, August 19, 2016.

“I am very pleased to announce the opening of our newest franchise restaurant with Sodexo, its third existing location with Cosi,” said Pat Bennett, Cosi Chief Executive Officer & President. “We continue to be impressed with Sodexo's operating standards, strong leadership, and commitment to the Cosi® brand,” stated Bennett. “Further development in the university trade channel fits our growth strategy. Our menu offerings resonate with the millennial guest, and we are confident that this restaurant will be popular with both the Campus and local community,” Bennett went on to say.

“Cosi® is a great addition to our partnership with Ohio Northern University, and we are excited to bring Cosi® to the Campus,” said Noah Ristau, Sodexo Universities’ General Manager. “We are very appreciative of the knowledge and support Cosi offered during our planning and opening,” Ristau went on to say.

About Sodexo
Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The Fortune Global 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations.

About Così, Inc.
Così (http://www.getcosi.com) is an international fast casual restaurant company. At the heart of every Cosi® restaurant is an open-flame stone-hearth oven where the Così® signature flatbread is made from scratch throughout the day. The flatbread is made from a generations-old recipe and is part of many Così® favorites. Così® was founded on the idea that good-for-you food should be delicious. Menu items are made using fresh ingredients and distinctive sauces and spreads to create edgy flavors. The menu features made-to-order sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, bowls, breakfast wraps, melts, all natural soups, signature Squagels®, artisan flatbread pizzas, S`mores, snacks and desserts. Guests can also enjoy handcrafted beverages and a variety of coffee-based and specialty beverages.

Così® employees create a welcoming environment where guests are invited to relax and enjoy great food. Così® is the cornerstone of the communities that they are in and take pride in supporting community organizations and local charities. There are currently 74 Company-owned and 31 franchise restaurants operating in sixteen states, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates.

"Così," "(Sun & Moon Design)" and related marks are registered trademarks of Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2016 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.

Additional information is available on Così's website at
http://www.getcosi.com in the investor relations section.

InvestorRelations@getcosi.com Miguel Rossy-Donovan Chief Financial Officer (857) 415-5020

Source:Cosi, Inc