Horseshoe Restaurant to reopen after pause

Residents of Southern Virginia as well as travelers passing through the area received some welcome news last week.

It was announced through the Horseshoe Restaurant’s Facebook page that the popular South Hill eatery will reopen in the near future.

The W. Danville Street restaurant closed for an extended “pause” on June 30 as owner Scott Rogers dealt with a serious medical episode involving surgery for cancer and worked out a new agreement for the historic building.

In the Facebook post it was stated the original target date for the Horseshoe’s reopening was Tuesday, but do to numerous undertakings and requirements such as inspections, deliveries, staffing and so forth that was not feasible.

“The best I can offer at this point is, when you see the neon “OPEN” sign lit, we’re open,” the post stated. “We are working diligently to accomplish all of the tasks that need to be completed and plan to reopen sometime this month.”

In operation more than 80 years, Rogers took over the Horseshoe in 2010 and reinvented one of South Hill’s oldest landmarks, drawing tourists to the downtown area and rave reviews from customers and travel websites the world over. The Horseshoe won multiple awards and was a finalist in several culinary competitions during Rogers’ tenure.

One of the main drawing points was the uniquely crafted menu, which often featured locally sourced food products.

The Horseshoe was originally operated as a blacksmith’s shop along Historic U.S. 1, thus the distinctive horseshoe-shaped counter, which remains the restaurant’s signature feature to this day. The old shop served food to farmers coming to market in town, but the restaurant side of the business quickly became its main feature.