Cosi logo in 2015
|Xando, Xando Cosi|
|Founded||New York City, United States (1996)|
|Headquarters||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
Number of locations
|102 (March, 2015)|
|RJ Dourney (CEO)|
Così, based out of Boston, Massachusetts, is a fast-casual restaurant chain that is known for their homemade flatbread. The name comes from the opera Così fan tutte, which was a favorite of the original owner.
The original Così restaurant was based on a small cafe in Paris, France. Cosi was founded in the United States in 1996, and there are currently over 100 locations in the continental United States, Costa Rica, and the United Arab Emirates. In October 1999, Così merged with the cafe/bar chain XandO (formerly ZuZu). Così's peak traffic was during the lunch hour, while XandO did heavy business in the evenings, allowing the two companies to complement each other's strengths. Cosi restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cosi implemented a loyalty program in 2007.
RJ Dourney was voted CEO in March 2014 by Cosi's board of directors.
Fare include sandwiches, soups, salads, flatbread pizzas, bowls, coffee, and handcrafted beverages. Cosi's menu features a variety of menu items that include unique variations, such as providing options to receive combination plates with half-orders of various items. The company has a signature item called Squagels, which is a square-shaped bagel. Cosi's bread is baked in an open flame oven in full view of customers. Their flatbread is based on a 2,000 year old recipe. Customers receive a sample of bread when they order.
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