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Così, Inc. Issues 7,160,766 Shares in $15 Million Capital Raise

Richard Bagge
Interim Chief Financial Officer


Così, Inc. Issues 7,160,766 Shares in $15 Million Capital Raise

Boston, MA - April 13, 2015 - Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today announced that it has closed on a stock purchase transaction with Trishield Capital Management LLC, Janus Capital Management, LLC, Goose Hill Capital LLC, Bigger Capital Fund, LP, Ken Vaughan, and one other firm.  These investors have purchased an aggregate of 7,160,766 shares of the Company's common stock, par value $.01 per share, at a purchase price of $2.16 per share.  Gross proceeds to the Company in the amount of $15,467,255 will be used to pay indebtedness of the Company and for general corporate purposes.  The transaction closed on April 10, 2015.

Milfam II L.P. has the right, under its previously disclosed Note Purchase Agreement with the Company dated April 17, 2014, to participate in the transaction on the same terms as the other investors. 

"We are now in a well-capitalized position, benefiting from these transactions, along with the Hearthstone merger and the 2014 rights offering," stated R. J. Dourney, Cosi's CEO and President.  "We are very pleased to have Trishield Capital Management and the other firms join existing shareholders Janus Capital Management, LLC, Goose Hill Capital, LLC, Bigger Capital Fund LP, and Ken Vaughn, as well as Milfam II L.P. and its affiliates, making our strong shareholder base even stronger," Dourney went on to say.

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 78 Company-owned and 33 franchise restaurants operating in sixteen states, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates. The Così® vision is to become America's favorite fast casual restaurant by providing customers authentic, innovative, savory food while remaining an affordable luxury.

The Così® menu features Così® sandwiches, freshly-tossed salads, bowls, 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 experience.

"Così," "(Sun & Moon Design)" and related marks are registered trademarks of Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2014 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.

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