Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery Tempts Mass. with Hilltop Possibility

The lauded New Hampshire steakhouse and specialty shop calls the Saugus plot its "number one target" for franchising, but no deals have been signed.

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The Tuckaway Tavern in Raymond, New Hampshire. / Photo via Facebook

After three successful years in Raymond, New Hampshire, the Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery is developing franchise plans for its restaurant and specialty shop concept, and it has an prominent piece of Massachusetts land in mind for the first expansion location.

Yesterday, the company teased a photo of the iconic cactus, the only lingering archive of the Hilltop Steakhouse, which sat on acreage on Route 1 in Saugus for more than 50 years.

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Boston Restaurant Talk first noticed the post, and in the day since, Tuckaway general manager and executive chef Bobby Marcotte has clarified there’s no deal in place yet to expand to Massachusetts, but his team is “hoping to pay some homage to that site. We think our concept is the perfect one to do just that.”

Marcotte and co-owners George Vernet and Paul Simbliari debuted a butcher shop with house-made marinades, salads, pasta dishes, platters, and other food-to-go; seafood, produce, organic snacks, beer, wine, an in-house café, and more in spring 2012, and quickly expanded with a 200-seat, full-service tavern.

The restaurant menu is sourced with the high-quality meats from next door. The Tuckaway has earned a handful of “best of” awards from New Hampshire Magazine. It built its reputation with over-the-top burgers, steak tips, lobster rolls, and snacks, like Rooster Balls—morsels of shredded chicken, cream cheese, and vegetables, served with honey buffalo and ranch—as well as dry-aged beef, pastrami, and charcuterie.

The Tuckaway team just finished developing its franchising documents and is “hoping to get conversations rolling” about building on the Saugus site, Marcotte says. He told the Boston Business Journal the Saugus site has been a target since launching the Tuckaway brand.

With more than 680 Likes and 225 comments on the Facebook post, it’s clear Tuckaway fans think it’s a fine idea, too.

The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, New Hampshire; 603-244-2431 or thetuckaway.com.