You never know what you’re going to find when you work on one of Victoria’s oldest buildings!

While exposing a drain underneath the floor at Pagliacci’s Restaurant, a plumber discovered an ancient, corroded horseshoe that looks like it’s been hiding there for over a hundred years.

We spoke to General Manager Solomon Siegel, who confirmed that the floor of the restaurant has not been ripped up since at least the 1930’s.

A real head-scratcher

According to Siegel, the building that houses Pagliacci’s has been a restaurant ever since the 1940’s, and he is not sure what it was used for before then.

There is some conjecture that the structure was originally built to be a firehouse, but no one is exactly sure.

So the question of how the horseshoe came to find a home underneath the floorboards of this old Victorian building is making a few people scratch their heads.

How old is it really?

Perhaps the answer lies in discovering the age of this mysterious artifact.

True to the familial nature of the business, GM Solomon Siegel will be consulting his brother-in-law, who is a ferrier, to find out more about the horseshoe.

A ferrier is a horseshoe expert and equine hoof care specialist, so he’s definitely the right man for the job!

Go check it out – in March

As you may already know, Pagliacci’s is currently closed for renovations and expects to open by the end of March.

Siegel says that while the restaurant will keep its menu, staff, and decor the same, this horseshoe will make a great addition to its walls – once it’s cleaned up a bit, of course.


We found this 100 year old + horse shoe under the floor today!

Posted by Pagliacci's Restaurant on Wednesday, February 21, 2018


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