Hilltop Steak House to close October 20
The iconic Saugus steakhouse, which has beckoned generations of diners with an enormous decorative cactus and friendly plastic cows, will close its doors on October 20, The Boston Business Journal and Boston Restaurant Talk report. The restaurant had been in business for 52 years; years ago, lines were out the door.The Hilltop steakhouse is an ICON. Route 1 South will not be the same without the 70 foot tall neon cactus and the plastic cows (really. The cactus is visible from Maine. It is also located directly across the street from a Hooters, which faced opposition from the town for YEARS because they were afraid, and I swear to G-d I am not making this up, that a Hooters would detract from the atmosphere on Route 1). That cactus also provided a more personal backdrop:
Owners point to a "dramatic change in the volume" of business as a reason for the closure. A Braintree location shuttered in 2007.
Yeah, it's such an icon I used it for a KTKC shot.
We'd noticed the decline in business over the past few years, most notable at the blog dinner for Ambulance Driver a few years back. It was rather embarrassing, as I hadn't been to Hilltop in a few years and hadn't heard anything about a decline in the restaurant. The article says the owners point to a dramatic change in volume recently - if the food we received in 2009 was any indication, there's a reason for the drop in customer visits. It went from "excellent steakhouse fare" to "rather overpriced and certainly no better than any mediocre chain steakhouse".
I do have to wonder what will become of the plastic cows that folks have been stealing through the years...
That is all.