Restoring Hilltop Steakhouse cactus sign has been a tall order

The Hilltop Steakhouse cactus sign is being restored at Barlo Signs International in Hudson, N.H. –Primary Design

When workers began taking down pieces of the Hilltop Steakhouse cactus on Route 1 in Saugus, they weren’t sure what to expect.

“The first day, we had a person call the police on us,’’ said Raymond Brayton, co-owner of Barlo Signs International, Inc. in Hudson, N.H.

That was back in the spring. Since then, the sign company has spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours restoring the vintage sign, piece by piece, so it can eventually light up the night on Route 1 once again. If all goes according to plan, it should be finished sometime this fall.