These firms recently filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local clerk of court offices.

Under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a company is protected from claims by creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances under a plan approved by the court.

In a Chapter 7 liquidation, a court trustee sells assets to pay creditors' claims. The company then ceases operations.

Eastern Virginia District

Alexandria Division

Bachman Restaurant Group Inc., doing business as Golden Corral

17630 Dumfries Rd., Dumfries, Va. 22026

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-14420-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 23

Attorney: Ann N. Kathan, 703-518-5189

Assets: $100,001 to $500,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Capital Crossing Bank/SBA, $136,048 ($77,000 secured)

Stalcup Enterprises Inc.

6254 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, Va. 22101

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-14434-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 25

Attorney: Andrew G. Simpson, 703-549-5000

Assets: $500,001 to $1 million

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Federal Realty Investment Trust, $17,167

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

South Beach Cafe Inc., doing business as South Beach Restaurant & Bar

7904 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Md. 20814

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-34491

Date filed: Oct. 27

Attorney: Steven H. Greenfeld, 202-537-7050

Assets: Not disclosed

Liabilities: $50,001 to $100,000

Largest unsecured creditor: RDP Management, $39,346

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya