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Then and now: 5 years since Saugus’ Hilltop Steakhouse closed

SAUGUS — It has been five years since Hilltop Steakhouse closed its saloon doors.

Frank Giuffrida opened the Route 1 institution in 1961, and crows quickly swarmed to the restaurant for its giant steaks and faux western decor, topped by a giant cactus-shaped neon sign visible up and down the highway.

On Oct. 20, 2013, 52 years later, fans of the steakhouse said goodbye.

Still fresh in the minds of Saugonians and Route 1 travelers alike are the long lines of patrons wra…

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