The Hamont Grill and Steakhouse was founded in 1946 and has been owned and operated by four generations of the Skenteris family in this very same location. At one time this building housed the Haymount Barber Shop, First Citizen’s Bank, Metropolitan Life Insurance, and a beauty shop.
Local legend has it that the restaurant was originally the Haymount Grill (named after this area of town) but shortened its name to Hamont because it was $5,000 (the equivalent of $49k today) cheaper to make a sign with two less letters. Other businesses began to follow suit for the same reason and now 60+ years later, this section of town (the mount at the top of Hay Street) is known widely as both Haymount and Haymont.
If you notice the signs on the Hamont Grill, the large sign says “Hamont Grill” and the smaller sign on the front says Haymont Grill”.