We urge the Cracker Barrel Board to report the results of this investigation to shareholders in sufficient time for them to cast their votes for directors at the 2012 annual meeting. Shareholders have a fundamental right to know that the stewards of their investment have been chosen with great care and possess the requisite qualities of leadership.
Furthermore, this proxy contest should have been avoided, for, in our view, we bring shareholder representation of 17.3%, including a long-term perspective, relevant industry experience, yet no business or legal conflicts. Because we are independent, we would critically and objectively discuss business issues. Patently, as the Company's largest shareholder, we are interested in finding ways to advance shareholder value. Moreover, the current proxy contest is centered on Phil Cooley's and my holding two board seats out of ten; that is, we are neither asking nor seeking board control or ownership control of Cracker Barrel.
We await your immediate response.
/s/ Sardar Biglari
CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING PARTICIPANTS
Biglari Holdings Inc., an Indiana corporation ("BH"), together with the other participants named herein, has made a preliminary filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") of a proxy statement and an accompanying proxy card to be used to solicit votes in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the election of individuals to the Board of Directors of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (the "Company") at the 2012 annual meeting of shareholders of the Company.BH ADVISES ALL STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. SUCH PROXY MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC'S WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROXY SOLICITATION WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF THE PROXY STATEMENT WITHOUT CHARGE UPON REQUEST. REQUESTS FOR COPIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE PARTICIPANTS' PROXY SOLICITOR, MORROW & CO., LLC, TOLL-FREE AT (877) 849-0763, BANKS AND BROKERS CALL COLLECT AT (203) 658-9400. The participants in the proxy solicitation are BH, Biglari Capital Corp., a Texas corporation ("BCC"), The Lion Fund, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership ("Lion Fund"), Steak n Shake Operations, Inc., an Indiana corporation ("Steak n Shake"), Sardar Biglari and Philip L. Cooley (the "Participants"). As of the close of business on October 5, 2012, BH owned directly 3,650,952 shares of Common Stock. As of the close of business on October 5, 2012, the Lion Fund owned directly 140,100 shares of Common Stock. As of the close of business on October 5, 2012, Steak n Shake owned directly 299,985 shares of Common Stock. Each of BCC, as the general partner of the Lion Fund, and BH, as the parent of BCC, may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of Common Stock directly owned by the Lion Fund. BH, as the parent of Steak n Shake, may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of Common Stock directly owned by Steak n Shake. Mr. Biglari, as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of each of BH, BCC and Steak n Shake, may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of Common Stock directly owned by BH, the Lion Fund and Steak n Shake. As members of a "group" for the purposes of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, each of the Participants is deemed to beneficially own the shares of Common Stock of the Company beneficially owned in the aggregate by the other Participants. Each of the Participants disclaims beneficial ownership of such shares of Common Stock except to the extent of his or its pecuniary interest therein.
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