NORTHBORO (CBS/AP) — Italian casual dining chain Bertucci’s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 15 restaurants.
The Northboro-based chain said Monday it made the move “to position Bertucci’s for future growth.”
Fifty-nine locations in 10 states and Washington remain open.
MassLive.com reports Bertucci’s is closing locations in Taunton, Randolph, Wayland, Amherst, Longmeadow and West Springfield. Twenty-three restaurants in Massachusetts will stay open, according to the Bertucci’s website.
Bertucci’s said it had reached a tentative deal to sell its assets to Chicago-based Right Lane Dough Acquisitions LLC for nearly $20 million.
In May 2016 at the now-shuttered Bertucci’s in Taunton, a man with a knife fatally stabbed teacher George Heath as he came to the aid of a pregnant waitress. In his honor, Bertucci’s put a plaque on Heath’s favorite barstool. His widow, Rosemary, tells The Taunton Daily Gazette that Bertucci’s has given her the stool.
The first Bertucci’s opened in Somerville in 1981.
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