we will miss you
“Table for 4 for Sioux City!” No longer will we hear the calls over the P.A. system announcing when your table is ready at the Hilltop. In the 1980’s, many a South Boston family made the Saturday pilgrimage to Saugus, MA to dine at Frank Guiffrida’s Hilltop Steakhouse with its plastic life size cows and larger than life neon cactus sign. Remember the paper placemats with the picture of the cow all sectioned off into the different types of beef?
On October 20th, after 52 years in business, the legendary steakhouse will close its doors. According to an article by Galen Moore of the Boston Business Journal, in a letter to the Saugus Board of Selectmen the owners stated the closing is due to a “dramatic change in the volume of our business.” A sign of the times – gone are the two hour waits for tables that younger versions of ourselves would painfully endure. Our parents took us there because the steaks were good, the cocktails were strong and they were a family friendly establishment.
Early one morning in the 1980’s, Southie awoke to find one of the life-size plastic cows from the Hilltop at the intersection of L and East Broadway. We’re not sure how they stole the cow, or how they transported to Southie. We’re not really sure who actually did it – although many still take credit for it. It still remains a mystery.
We will miss you Hilltop Steakhouse but your legend will live on!