Cosi announces that it has regained compliance with Nasdaq listing standards

DEERFIELD, Illinois , February 24, 2012 (press release) – Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today announced that it has received notice from the Listing Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market that the Company has regained compliance with the Nasdaq Listing Standards by curing the Company's bid price and Market Value of Listed Securities deficiencies. As of February 17, 2012, the bid price of the Company's common stock had closed above the $1.00 minimum requirement for a period of 10 consecutive trading days. Additionally, based on total shares outstanding of 51,849,511 shares, the Company common stock has exceeded the minimum $50 million Market Value of Listed Securities requirement as required by Listing Rule 5450(b)(2)(A). The Company now meets the continued listing standards for The Nasdaq Global Market and no further action is required.

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 80 Company-owned and 56 franchise restaurants operating in seventeen states, the District of Columbia 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, 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 © 2012 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.

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