|Industry||Fast casual restaurant|
|Founded||New York City, United States (1996)|
Number of locations
|20 (November 2020)|
Così, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is an American fast-casual restaurant chain that is known for its homemade flatbread. The name comes from the opera Così fan tutte, which was a favorite of the original owner. As of November 2020, the company operated 20 locations in New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, down from 66 at the beginning of the year. The chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2020.
The original Così restaurant was opened in 1989 by Drew Harre in Paris, France.
In 1996, Shep and Jay Wainwright opened the first Così in the United States, in New York.
In October 1999, Così merged with Xando (formerly ZuZu).
In July 2003, Kevin Armstrong was named chief executive officer of the company.
In March 2014, Così's largest and most successful franchisee, RJ Dourney was voted by Così's board of directors to the position of CEO and Director and Così announced it was moving its corporate headquarters from Deerfield, Illinois to Boston, Massachusetts.
On October 11, 2016, Cosi announced that it is seeking buyers for "substantially all of its assets."
In May 2017, the company emerged from bankruptcy under the ownership of MILFAM II L.P., AB Value Partners, LP, AB Value Management LLC and AB Opportunity Fund LLC.
On February 25, 2020, Così once again filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after closing several locations.
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