Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus closing Oct. 21
SAUGUS, Mass. (WHDH) -- The famous Hilltop Steakhouse will be closing down for good after more than five decades in business.
According to management, the restaurant will be forced to close on Oct. 21, citing a decline in sales.
The Hilltop Steakhouse, recognizable from its giant cactus sign and fleet of fake cows, used to hold the record for most food served in a day; 8,647 meals were served on mother's day in 1980.
“To have both those rooms full, this was all full, and they were sitting out there and they had to put chairs other there to sit. That's how many people were here,” Verna Leblanc, a regular at the steakhouse, said.
It’s not just the regulars that have been there for a long time. Manager Sheila O’Neil said she started as a hostess and remembers when there were two-hour waits for lunch.
“A lot of people are sad. It’s like their second home,” O’Neil said.