Paul’s Motor Inn is a landmark on Douglas Street in downtown Victoria. Completed in 1971 by local restauranteur Paul Arsens, the Motor Inn was built adjacent to Paul’s Restaurant & drive-in. The drive-in was Paul’s third Victoria restaurant when it opened 15 years earlier in 1956.
Construction begins at 1900 Douglas Street, future site of Paul's Drive-In
June 7, 1956
Paul's Drive-In opens with 24 parking spaces for car hop service and 20 spaces for restaurant service. The kitchen equipment is modern and completely electric-powered.
Billed as the largest of its kind in the world, Paul's 30 foot tall plastic sign could be seen up & down Douglas Street. Designed by Plexolite Plastics Ltd. Vancouver BC.
Paul was always up for doing something original and even received an award from the Newspaper Advertising Executives Association for one of his “gimmicks”.
Phoned by hundreds of Victorians about a billboard of his that was hung upside down, he said “Proves their noticing it. If they keep watching, they’ll notice it will change every three months. Sideways, after upside down, and then finally right side up. It’s on a swivel.”
Paul Arsens in front of Paul's Restaurant
January 5, 1964
Paul takes 33 of his employees on an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas, Disneyland & San Francisco - the first of many staff trips
December 4, 1964
Paul Arsens marries Arthura (Artie) Morrison
Paul's Motor Inn - built & opened
August 1, 1976
Courtyard addition opens. Designed by Tony Burkart, this tranquil space is a unique addition to the Motor Inn.
Upstairs Lounge constructed & opened (Now the Copper Owl)
December 15, 1982
Paul & Artie Arsens purchase Laurel Point Inn from Delta Hotels Ltd. (Now Inn at Laurel Point)
Paul Arsens (77) passes away
September 2, 2008
Artie Arsens (94) passes away
Paul's Restaurant undergoes renovations
Paul's Motor Inn undergoes renovations