Anyone who has lived in and struggled to maintain an old building can commiserate with the problems (old plumbing, weakened floor structure) that forced Hilltop Tavern, 1800 Frankfort Ave., to close suddenly earlier this week.

The closing was announced on Hilltop’s Facebook page,, which made an effort to make light of the situation which might take some weeks to correct. According to a story in Insider Louisvilleco-owner Erika Skelton said the closing was to “make necessary improvements to the structure and mechanicals of our beautiful old building,” which dates back to 1890.

The Insider Louisville story also said that Shelton was emphatic about the restaurant and bar opening again “within a couple of weeks” with renovations and some new ideas, which were left unspecified.

The Clifton establishment has many fans, including its across the street neighbor, The Silver Dollar, which has announced on its Facebook page  that it is hosting a benefit night Monday, March 6, to support the staff of the Hilltop who were unexpectedly furloughed by the plumbing and structural problems. The Silver Dollar will donate 10% of sales that night “to the Hilltop crew,” and will also hold a raffle (tickets are $5), all proceeds of which will go to the Hilltop staff. The Silver Dollar will also be “honoring Hilltop by having a P2P special (PBR and a shot for $5).”