Within minutes of walking on stage at the iCONIC conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Marcus Lemonis talked about a low point in his life. In 1991, after he had just finished eighth grade, he weighed 225 pounds, had a terrible eating disorder, struggled as a result of having been molested five years earlier, and didn't have any friends.
Xando Coffee and Bar and Cosi Sandwich Bar, restaurant chains that merged in September, opened their first combined location at 461 Park Avenue South (at 31st Street) on Wednesday. In addition to offering the food that each restaurant has already become known for, like Xando's s'mores and Cosi's freshly baked bread, the 80-seat Xando Cosi has an expanded menu with items neither chain has sold before.
Highlighting the themes in his autobiography, titled "It's Easier to Succeed Than to Fail," S. Truett Cathy-founder and chair of Chick-fil-A-spoke Wednesday afternoon to an audience of Divinity school students and professors about the important role religion has played in his life.