The closure of the Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus won the attention of the New York Times over the weekend, in an article headlined "The Sun Sets on a Symbol of Western-Themed Dining.''
The Times called the Hilltop "a prime example of the large Western-themed restaurants that thrived in postwar America as growing families put down roots in blue-collar suburbs like this one and wanted places to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries at affordable prices.''
See gallery: Memories and landmarks along Route 1.
The Times called the famed 68-foot-tall cactus on Route 1 a "lodestar" that is to "Saugus what the Hollywood sign is to Los Angeles — a landmark that says you know where you are."
The AP reported last week that people were making off with momentoes from the restaurant.
The Globe reported last week that with good visibility, and a lot of frontage along the highway, Hilltop could fetch a lot of interest if the property were to hit the market, a real estate analyst said. An estimated 100,000 vehicles per day zip along Route 1 in Saugus, which has long been a destination for national restaurant and retail chains.