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Così Franchisee to Open Third Restaurant in Costa Rica


CONTACT:
William E. Koziel
Chief Financial Officer
(847) 597-8803

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

             Così Franchisee to Open Third Restaurant in Costa Rica

DEERFIELD,  Ill., October 31, 2013 -- Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast casual
restaurant  company, today announced that its  franchisee, Fast Casual S.A., has
entered  into  a  lease  to  open  a  third  Così restaurant in Costa Rica as it
continues  its  successful  expansion  in  this  Latin American Market.  The new
restaurant  is expected to open in December 2013 at Plaza Real Alajuela which is
located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport.

"We  are excited to be opening our third Così location in twelve months and plan
to open additional locations in 2014," stated Luis Diego Escalante, Principal at
Fast Casual S.A. "We look forward to serving our fresh-baked signature flatbread
and  unique hand-crafted salads to  the entire Costa Rican  community as well as
the many international travelers visiting our country."

"I  am pleased to announce that Fast Casual S.A., our franchise partner in Costa
Rica,  intends to open yet another Così  restaurant in Costa Rica," said Stephen
Edwards, Così President and Chief Executive Officer.  "We are thrilled to have a
partner  with such a  strong commitment to  growth, outstanding customer service
and  operational excellence.    We  are also grateful to  the community of Costa
Rica  for  the  swift  acceptance  of  Così's  signature  products  and customer
experience.  We look  forward to  pursuing further  expansion opportunities with
Fast Casual, S.A."

About Così, Inc.
Così(®) (http://www.getcosi.com) 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  72 Company-owned  and  51 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  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
experience.

"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.

"SAFE  HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER  THE PRIVATE SECURITIES  LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF
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 Commission.

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








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Source: Così, Inc via Thomson Reuters ONE
[HUG#1739732]



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