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Italian restaurant chain Bertucci's files for bankruptcy

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BOSTON (AP) — Italian casual dining chain Bertucci's has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 15 restaurants.

The Northborough, Massachusetts-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.

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.

One of the locations closing is in Taunton, Massachusetts, where in May 2016 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.

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