Nearly a year to the day since her hiring as chief executive of Così Inc., Carin Stutz oversaw the Dec. 12 debut of the 129-unit fast-casual chain’s “pop-up” restaurant in downtown Chicago, where the brand will try out new menus and décor as an intended precursor to innovation-driven growth. Stutz and her executive team at Così’s Deerfield, Ill., headquarters held their first meeting about the new food and design elements on display at the ...

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