Casual dining chain Bertucci\u2019s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and as part of the company\u2019s reorganization of its business will close three of its Connecticut locations. Bertucci\u2019s locations in Orange, Southington and Manchester have closed, according to messages left on telephone answering machines at all three locations. The chain is based in Northborough, Mass., and will have 59 locations that will remain open. Here in Connecticut, five of the chain\u2019s restaurants will remain. Those locations are in Avon, Darien, Glastonbury, Newington and in Shelton at 768 Bridgeport Ave. It was not immediately clear Monday how many of the chain\u2019s Connecticut employees would lose their jobs as a result of the three restaurants closing in the state. Part of Bertucci\u2019s Chapter 11 filing calls for a limited liability company, Right Lane Dough Acquisitions, to purchase substantially all of Bertucci\u2019s assets and assume certain liabilities, subject to a higher or better offer. A stalking horse or bid is an attempt by a bankrupt debtor to test the market for the debtor\u2019s assets in advance of an auction of them. The purpose of the bid is to maximize the value of the debtors assets or avoid low bids. \u201cThe transaction is intended to maximize value for all stakeholders through a fair, open Bankruptcy Court-approved sale process in which Bertucci\u2019s will consider all bids for a sale or restructuring of the company,\u201d the company said in a press release. \u201cAs part of the bankruptcy filing, Bertucci\u2019s has sought Bankruptcy Court approval for the consensual use of cash collateral and $4 million in debtor-in-possession financing which will allow the company to meet its post-filing obligations in the ordinary course of business for customers, employees, trading partners, suppliers, vendors, and other creditors.\u201d Brian Wright, Bertucci\u2019s chief executive officer, said in the statement that the Chapter 11 filing \u201cis expected to be seamless for Bertucci\u2019s guests, trading partners and vendors, and result in minimal disruption to its operations, allowing us to strengthen the company\u2019s financial structure and position it for significant future growth.\u201d \u201cWe are grateful for the service and loyalty of our team members and are looking forward to focusing on a return to Bertucci\u2019s roots: authentic, high quality, fresh ingredients that guests and team members alike crave and care about,\u201d Wright said in a statement. Bertucci\u2019s began operating in 1981. In addition to its Connecticut locations, the chain operates in 11 other states.