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#41 G-Man

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

Wow what was that place in the late nineties? I can remember a fairly popular night club there. Then it was a gay friendly place for awhile too...

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:22 PM

Wow what was that place in the late nineties? I can remember a fairly popular night club there. Then it was a gay friendly place for awhile too...


All through the 90's it was "The Karaoke Club", and it was very popular.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:24 PM

We used to call that "Paul's Coppertop".

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:26 PM

Ya, it was the Copper Top previously.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:28 PM

We used to call that "Paul's Coppertop".


Think it was called the Coppertop from day 1

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:30 PM

Paul Arsens was a true trendsetter in the restaurant and hotel industry in Victoria. The Motor Inn started with a family style restaurant named, you guessed it - Paul’s Restaurant in 1958. This was just one of many businesses this Ladysmith entrepreneur opened in Victoria. Shortly after the success of the restaurant, Paul and his wife Artie, decided that they would try their hand at a motor inn. So they set about building Paul’s Motor Inn with 78 rooms that would be attached to Paul’s Restaurant.

Paul was always up for doing something different and humourous - at times he would have his billboard advertising hung upside down or sideways to attract more attention. He once got international attention in the Boston Globe and New York Times by having restaurant guests decide what price they would pay for dinner, and even went so far as to have them ring in their own bills and make their own change!

No wonder we are such a unique and fun loving group.


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#47 Nanaimoite

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 02:12 PM

is it a gay establishment ?

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 03:24 PM

^That was when it was the Copper Club.
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Posted 13 June 2020 - 06:04 AM

closed feb 1.  never coming back?



#50 Mike K.

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 06:17 AM

The copper, or?

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#51 FogPub

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 01:44 PM

Uncertain future.  Pauls Motor Inn is now one of the homeless hotels, and while the businesses (the restaurant, Copper Owl) have been invited to stay on I haven't heard what has come of this if anything.



#52 Mike K.

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 08:33 AM

The restaurant is done. Copper Owl hasn’t confirmed their intentions just yet.

I saw a large group drinking across the street the other day right along the sidewalk south of Paul’s, at 11AM on a weekday. The ambiance did not feel safe for passers by.

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#53 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 08:37 AM

copper owl closed permanently on February 1. according to all their Facebook posts. With a couple weeks notice. So unless another operator took over before the plague there is no one running it.

#54 Mike K.

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 08:56 AM

Ah, right! Ok so both of the businesses are kaput now, it sounds like.
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#55 Nparker

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 09:23 AM

...so both of the businesses are kaput now, it sounds like.

Perhaps the CoV should close off the roads around Paul's. That aught to get business going.



 



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