Northeastern University Students Help Jamaica Plain Restaurant

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In January, Il Panino Cafe and Grill in Jamaica Plain was on the brink of failure. Now, thanks to the help of a few Northeastern University students and the owner’s childhood friend, the neighborhood restaurant is on its way to rebounding.

When I talk about what they did for me, I am in tears. They saved me from possible bankruptcy,” said Themistocles “Lakis” Vlahoulis, owner of Il Panino Cafe and Grill on Centre Street. “The growth from January to today has been phenomenal. We have tripled our business.”

Last spring, Northeastern University student Michael Berkhofer joined the Il Panino team as a consultant – a project for his class, Small Business Management and Growth.

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Originally appeared on Boston.com on October 15, 2013