Così Inc. has struggled since the recession, and now a war of words between the company’s board of directors and shareholder investor Brad Blum is heating up. On Sept. 27, Blum, who owns 6.8 percent of Così’s shares through his investment fund, BLUM Growth Fund LLC, sent a letter to shareholders calling for a new board of directors and offering his services as chief executive and chairman for an annual salary of $1. Blum, who ran Olive Garden in the ’90s and ...

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