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Cosi, Inc. Provides Notice to Holders of Claims and Interests and Parties in Interest Regarding Plan of Reorganization, Related Deadlines, and Hearing on Plan Confirmation

BOSTON, March 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Così, Inc., the fast-casual restaurant company, today announced that, on March 21, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts (Eastern Division) entered an Order (i) Approving Disclosure Statement with respect to Joint Plan of Reorganization of the Debtors, (ii) Approving the Certain Balloting, Tabulation, Solicitation, Objection and Notice Procedures, and (iii) Scheduling a Hearing to Consider Confirmation of the Plan and Objection Deadlines [Dkt. No. 780].

NOTICE REGARDING (I) DISCLOSURE STATEMENT AND JOINT PLAN OF REORGANIZATION, (II) DEADLINE FOR FILING OBJECTIONS TO PLAN CONFIRMATION, (III) DEADLINE FOR FILING OBJECTIONS TO LEASE AND CONTRACT ASSUMPTION AND (IV) HEARING ON PLAN CONFIRMATION

TO ALL HOLDERS OF CLAIMS AND INTERESTS AND PARTIES IN INTEREST:

1. Bankruptcy Court Approval of the Disclosure Statement and the Solicitation Procedures. On March 21, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts (the “Court”) entered an Order (the “Disclosure Statement Order”) approving the First Amended Disclosure Statement with Respect to Joint Plan of Reorganization of Cosi, Inc., Xando Cosi of Maryland, Inc., Cosi Sandwich Bar, Inc., Hearthstone Associates, LLC, and Hearthstone Partners, LLC [Dkt. No. 763-2] (as may be amended, supplemented, or modified from time to time, the “Disclosure Statement”), as containing adequate information, as required under section 1125(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 101-1532 (the “Bankruptcy Code”), and authorized the Debtors to solicit votes with regard to the acceptance or rejection of the First Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization of Cosi, Inc., Xando Cosi of Maryland, Inc., Cosi Sandwich Bar, Inc., Hearthstone Associates, LLC, and Hearthstone Partners, LLC [Dkt. No. 763-1] (as may be amended, supplemented, or modified from time to time, the “Plan”).

In accordance with Rule 3017(a) of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, requests for copies of the Disclosure Statement, the Plan and/or the Disclosure Statement Order or any inquiries related thereto may be made to the Debtors’ counsel as set forth below. Copies of any documents so requested will be provided free of charge.

2. Voting Record Date. The Voting Record Date for purposes of determining which Holders of Claims are entitled to vote on the Plan is March 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time.

3. Voting Deadline. If you hold a Claim against one of the Debtors as of the Voting Record Date and are entitled to vote to accept or reject the Plan (i.e., Holders of Claims in Class 5 (Noteholder Secured Claim) and Class 6 (General Unsecured Claims)), you have received or will receive a Ballot appropriate for your Claim(s). For your vote to accept or reject the Plan to be counted, you must follow the appropriate voting instructions, complete all required information on the Ballot, execute and return the completed Ballot so that it is actually received in accordance with the voting instructions set forth in the Ballot at the address indicated in the Ballot by 4:30 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time on April 20, 2017 (the “Voting Deadline”). Any failure to follow the voting instructions set forth on the Ballot may disqualify your Ballot and your vote on the Plan. Further information regarding the submission of Ballots and the procedures for solicitation and tabulation of votes to accept or reject the Plan is set forth in the Disclosure Statement Order.

4. Parties Not Entitled to Vote to Accept or Reject the Plan.

a. Unimpaired Creditors. Under the terms of the Plan, Holders of Claims or Interests, as applicable, in Class 1 (Priority Claims), Class 2 (JP Morgan Chase Secured Claim), Class 3 (Continuing Employment Claims), Class 4 (Customer Claims), Class 7 (Intercompany Claims), and Class 9 (Intercompany Interests) are not impaired and, accordingly, are (i) conclusively presumed to have accepted the Plan, and (ii) not entitled to vote on the Plan on account of such Claims or Interests.

b. Holders of Existing Equity Interests. Under the terms of the Plan, the Holders of Interests in Class 8 (Existing Equity Interests) will neither receive nor retain any consideration nor retain any property under the Plan and, accordingly, are (i) conclusively presumed to have rejected the Plan and (ii) not entitled to vote on the Plan on account of such Interests. As such, all issued and outstanding shares of Cosi, Inc. will be cancelled and holders of such shares will receive nothing under the Plan.

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A BALLOT BUT YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO VOTE ON THE PLAN, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE DEBTORS’ COUNSEL AS SET FORTH BELOW AND REQUEST A BALLOT.

5. Objections to the Plan. The Court has established April 20, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time, as the last date and time for filing and serving objections to the confirmation of the Plan (the “Plan Objection Deadline”). Objections, if any, to the confirmation of the Plan must (a) be in writing, (b) state the name and address of the objector, (c) comply with the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Massachusetts Local Bankruptcy Rules, (d) state the amount of the objector’s claim or the nature of its interest, and the nature of the objection or modification sought and the legal basis therefor, (e) be filed and served on or before the Plan Objection Deadline, and (f) be filed with the Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court, John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02109, with copies served upon the following (collectively, the “Objection Notice Parties”):

Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLPOffice of the United States Trustee
1800 West Park Drive, Suite 400for the District of Massachusetts
Westborough, MA 01581John W. McCormack Post Office & Courthouse
Attn: Christine E. Devine, Esq.5 Post Office Square, 10th Floor, Suite 1000
Attn: Joseph H. Baldiga, Esq.Boston, MA 02109
Attn: Paul R.C. Bachtell, Esq.
Counsel to the DebtorsUnited States Trustee
Nixon Peabody LLPVinson & Elkins, LLP
100 Summer Street666 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor
Boston, MA 02110New York, NY 10103
Attn: Lee Harrington, Esq.Attn: Steven M. Abramowitz, Esq.
Counsel to the Creditors’ CommitteeCounsel to the DIP Lenders and Noteholders

ANY OBJECTIONS NOT FILED AND SERVED AS SET FORTH ABOVE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE BANKRUPTCY COURT AND SHALL BE DEEMED WAIVED.

6. Confirmation Hearing. A hearing to consider confirmation of the Plan is scheduled for April 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. prevailing Eastern Time before the Honorable Melvin S. Hoffman, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge, at the United States Bankruptcy Court located at Courtroom No. 2, 12th Floor of the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02109 (the “Confirmation Hearing”). The Confirmation Hearing may be adjourned from time to time without further notice to creditors or other parties in interest, other than by an announcement of such an adjournment in open court at the Confirmation Hearing.

7. Objections to Assumption of Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases. Objections to the assumption or the assumption and assignment of executory contracts and unexpired leases as set forth on the Notice of (I) Assumption, Assignment, and Cure Amounts Regarding Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases and (II) Objection Deadlines Related Thereto (the “Assumption and Cure Notice”), including objections to Cure Claim amounts, must (a) be in writing, (b) state the name and address of the objector, (c) comply with the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Massachusetts Local Bankruptcy Rules, (d) state the legal basis therefor, (e) be filed and served on or before 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on or before April 18, 2017, and (f) be filed with the Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court, John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02109, with copies served upon the Objection Notice Parties. Any objections not filed and served as set forth above will not be considered by the Bankruptcy Court and shall be deemed waived.

8. Release, Exculpation, and Injunction Language in the Plan. Please be advised that Article X of the Plan contains various release, exculpation, and injunction provisions, including certain third-party release provisions. You should refer to Section 6.10 of the Disclosure Statement (Effect of Confirmation of the Plan) for additional information regarding the release, exculpation, and injunction provisions of the Plan.

YOU ARE ADVISED TO CAREFULLY REVIEW AND CONSIDER THE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT AND THE PLAN, INCLUDING THE RELEASE, EXCULPATION, AND INJUNCTION PROVISIONS, AS YOUR RIGHTS MIGHT BE AFFECTED.

Pursuant to the Disclosure Statement Order, the Debtors shall file and serve the Assumption and Cure Notice no later than April 11, 2017.

Requests for copies of documents as permitted in the Notice may be made to:

Kate P. Foley, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, 1800 West Park Drive, Suite 400
Westborough, MA 01581-3926, Phone: (508) 898-1501; Fax: (508) 898-1502; Email: kfoley@mirickoconnell.com.

A copy of this Notice is also available on the Cosi website at http://files.getcosi.com/file/Notice-of-Confirmation-Hearing-Solicitation-Version-A3646218-3x7A575-.pdf, or at www.getcosi.com, in the footer of the page click on “Notice to Customers Regarding Chapter 11 Plan”.

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. In many cases, Così® is the cornerstone of the communities that they are in and take pride in supporting community organizations and local charities. There are currently 43 Company-owned and 31 franchise restaurants operating in fourteen 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 © 2017 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.

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

Kate P. Foley, Esq. Mirick O’Connell LLP kfoley@mirickoconnell.com 508.898.1501 Counsel to Cosi, Inc. and Affiliated Debtors

Source: Cosi, Inc