Hilltop Restaurant Celebrates 65 Years Of Family Style Serving In Owen County
With a steady flow of patrons, many of which were former employees of several generations, Chris and Dennis Grubb learned even more of the historic investment they made in the Hilltop Family Style Restaurant during a recent 65-year celebration on Saturday, July 13 on U.S. 231 North.
“It went great, there were a lot of people who came in and a lot of them had worked here over the years,” Dennis explained. “A lot of older ladies who had worked here as waitresses. There were a lot of people who had brought in plants to plant outside.”
Originally opened on July 4, 1948 by Violet Mercer as the Skyland Lodge, the restaurant’s four families of owners were on hand to mark its heritage.
“I think it was really nice that the previous owners came, Violet Mercer’s nephew, Dennis, came to represent the founder,” Chris noted. “A lot of people came to tell of events that happened there, like their prom and many people told of working here when they were kids. People were playing corn hole and enjoying the barbecue outside, it was just nice. It was kind of a tribute to the landmark that the Hilltop Restaurant is, for the place being here in Owen County for so long.”
The new owners received such a positive response to the anniversary celebration on Saturday, they decided to continue into Sunday and left historical items related to the Skyland Lodge in the lobby area.
“We got a good response from it. You never know what kind of response you’ll get form those kinds of things, but we got a steady flow of people,” Dennis said.
“We invite people to come try out the few changes we’ve made to the menu and the food if they haven’t been to the Hilltop in a while,” Chris added. “We had a lot of people say they were worried it was going to close and we got a good response on the changes we’ve made to the menu and our barbecue.”
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