The venue closed in 2006, but investors bought its name and intellectual property rights in 2008, hoping to revive the brand by selling T-shirts and other memorabilia.
CBGB Holdings LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday in Manhattan.
The company has listed debts of $1 million to $10 million in its court filing. The petition does not say why the company was seeking bankruptcy protection.
An attorney for CBGB Holdings did not immediately return a call seeking comment.