Cosi, Inc., the fast casual restaurant company, today announced that it had recently honored its Boston area franchisee, Hearthstone Associates, and its President, RJ Dourney, as its “Franchisee of the Year.”

Hearthstone Associates, who has been a Cosi franchisee since 2005, successfully operates twelve restaurants in the Boston area both in the city and surrounding suburbs as well as inside Logan Airport. Hearthstone was not only recognized for their superior operating performance but also for their charitable involvement in the communities in which they operate.

“RJ is a true leader and strategic partner dedicated to helping us build the Cosi brand,” said Carin Stutz, Cosi’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “RJ and his team have continually set the gold standard with their strong operations and excellent guest service.”