Così® Franchisee Opens Sixth Restaurant in Costa Rica
BOSTON - Dec. 10, 2015 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Così, Inc. (NASDAQ:COSI), the fast-casual restaurant company, today announced that its franchisee, Fast Casual Ltda., has opened its sixth Così® restaurant in Costa Rica at Nuevo City Plaza al lado del Cine in Santa Ana.
“We are pleased to announce the opening of another new Così restaurant by our franchise partner, Fast Casual,” said RJ Dourney, Così President and Chief Executive Officer. “Fast Casual has done an outstanding job of building the brand in Costa Rica, and we remain excited about the acceptance of the Così menu and dining experience in this market. Looking ahead, we continue to explore additional opportunities with Fast Casual and other franchise partners as we focus on driving profitable growth both domestically and in Latin America,” Dourney went on to say.
“We believe there is a broader demand for Così in these markets,” said Luis Diego Escalante, President of Fast Casual. “As we near completion of our development schedule in Costa Rica, we are working with Cosi on other potential expansion opportunities in the United States and Latin America.”
This location is the sixth of eight restaurants Fast Casual expects to open in Costa Rica.
About Così, Inc.
Così (http://www.getcosi.com) is an upscale national fast casual restaurant company. At the heart of every restaurant is a hearth 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, 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 79 Company-owned and 31 franchise restaurants operating in fifteen states, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates.
“COSÌ,” and related marks are registered trademarks of Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2015 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.
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