Free meals for life? Not anymore for this family


From the view of anyone looking for a free meal, it was the handiwork of a genius.

When Frank Giuffrida sold his restaurant the Hilltop Steak House in Saugus, Mass. in 1988, he negotiated a deal that would give him and his family free meals -- for life. No waiting in the long lines at the popular restaurant, "unlimited" free quantities of food and drink for his family and guests, at the restaurant, lounge and adjoining butcher shop, and again -- for their entire lives, according to the Associated Press.

Giuffrida founded the restaurant, with its giant neon cactus and plastic cows, in 1961 and sold it in 1988, but he kept the land. The new owners, who took over in 1997, say the privileges expired when the land was sold in 2004, shortly after Giuffrida died at age 86 in December 2003.