LIGHTS OUT: The Lighthouse Restaurant will close and hopefully relocate

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Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM.

After 27 years of memories, smiles, friendships, and countless half-price specials, The Lighthouse Restaurant in Shoreline Village is closing its doors July 31.

"The years just flew by," owner Mary Shackleford said with a tear in her eye. "We had kids and raised a family, our employees had kids, and we just lived our lives."

The Shoreline Village Mall, which is comprised of 10 buildings, was purchased by Shoreline Holdings LLC/Blackwater Management Group LLC in February for $4,370,000, and Lighthouse co-owner Reuben Shackleford said the landmark restaurant was not part of the developer’s plans moving forward.

When the sale first took place, Reuben said a series of meetings were held between tenants and the new owners, and it was said that The Lighthouse would stay put as the entire mall went through a dramatic renovation project.

"Then later, they came to me and said 'we've decided to open this place up' and that you don't fit our image, basically," Reuben told The Log while sitting at one of the restaurant's 250-plus seats. "Now we have to go on with our lives."

Prior to the Shackleford's introduction to the restaurant that would become The Lighthouse, the building at 878 U.S. Hwy. 98 E. was home to two previous tenants, neither of which lasted for more than six months, Reuben said.

"The building sat empty for a year before we got here," he added, of their 1987 opening.

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