# Restaurants at Start of 2017: 11
Boloco became profitable again, officially securing the long-awaited turnaround.
A Tweet entitled “They just ain’t what they used to be!” prompts John Pepper (co-founder) to post a blog detailing the prior 22 months since repurchasing the company. The blog is reprinted by Fast Casual magazine and in part because of the transparency, and despite the protests of the Boloco team, Boloco wins top 100 Fast Casual Movers and Shakers and John Pepper was named a top 25 CEO in the industry.
Our friends from down under at Zambrero purchased 2 of our restaurants allowing them to officially enter the USA, one of founder Sam Prince’s lifelong dreams.
We were so grateful for the many thousands of loyal guests of the following restaurants:
- Harvard Square (1998-2017)
- Warwick, RI (2013-2017)
# Restaurants at End of 2016: 9