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Hilltop Steak House
Saugus, MA
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Saugus, MA. Thought "who the heck is Frank Giuffrida but that's a cool sign" when seeing this sign the first time. in 2007. The steaks were pretty good, and the servings huge, especially after a long day of road tripping. Oh and Frank Giuffrida is the well thought of original and former owner of the Hilltop, which opened in 1961.

 

Hilltop Steak House 68 foot tall sign at night
Saugus, MA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This huge marquee is a real attention getter and frequently succeeds and convincing the tired and hungry traveler heading down Route 1 to stop at the Hilltop Steak House in Saugus for a meal.

 

First opening for business in 1961, the Hilltop has some great food and features its side orders family style. The beloved founder Frank Giuffrida remains well thought of, as he was known for serving good meals and generous portions for years. The Giuffrida's sold the business in the 1990's and he has since passed away in 2003.

A view at dusk
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

 

 

UPDATE 10/13 : As of today Sunday October 20, 2013, the Hilltop Steak House will open then close its doors one last time. Yes, this Saugus, MA landmark is shutting down after 52 years at 10pm.

Another view
Saugus, MA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the large booths have been packed since the announcement a week and a half ago that the Hilltop will be closing down. The wait time to be seated has extended to multiple hours as crowds of former customers have returned one last time to say goodbye.

It's too bad that prior to the announcement, the huge restaurant was frequently almost empty. It's been a far cry from when the restaurant was the highest grossing restaurant in the U.S.

The fiberglass cows
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

Butcher Shop
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Perhaps demonstrating the nostalgic impact of this closure are the reports that items have been stolen from the Hilltop and placed on Ebay. In fact, Saugus police have reported the theft of antique pots and service plates in recent days.

 

 

 

It's a shame to see another roadside treasure call it quits and disappear down the trail. 10-13

 

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More information:

Some nice recent photos can be seen at Larry Cultrera's Diner Hotline weblog.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Hilltop Steak House rides off into sunset Sunday

WCVB.com: Hilltop Steakhouse serves up last meals before closing

Boston.com: Rustlers make off with plates, pots from Hilltop Steak House as closure looms

Saugus Advertiser: Column: Saying goodbye to Hilltop Steak House in Saugus

 

 

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