“Going Out Of Business” and other signs are displayed at a Sport Chalet store in downtown Los Angeles is seen Saturday, April 16, 2016. The Southern California-based chain says it has begun closing all its stores and has stopped selling merchandise online. Founded in 1959, the sporting goods company has about 50 locations in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The company offered no explanation for the closure.
AP Photo/Reed Saxon
SAUGUS, Mass. —Everything had to go at the Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus on Saturday, even the kitchen sink.
On Saturday everything from barstools and signs to the original cookbook were all put up for auction. Owners said that since announcing the closure, people had been stealing mementos from the famous restaurant, which is known for its outdoor neon cactus and fiberglass cows.
Cows at the former Braintree restaurant, which closed in 2007, sold for an estimated $3,000 each.
Former owner, the late Frank Giuffrida, opened the western-style restaurant in 1961. His widow, Irene Giuffrida, said her husband had dreams of running a steakhouse as soon as they got married.
“On our honeymoon he kept saying to me, ‘I’m going to open up a steakhouse. What do you think?’” Irene Giuffrida said at the restaurant’s final day of service. “I said, ‘Frank I don’t know a thing about the restaurant business.’”
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