This past Sunday I took DeMerick out for his birthday. I wanted us to do something we have never done before in Second Life. We have gone clubbing, to parties, biking, driving, and many other activities, but there is one date ritual that was previously impossible due to the constraints of this virtual platform – go out to eat at a restaurant. So after asking around a bit, I discovered the Lighthouse restaurant. The Lighthouse is located on Fire Island, an enduring Second Life landmark.
Owned and operated by Cooper Udimo, the Lighthouse bills itself as “A beautiful restaurant in an old 19th century lighthouse on the coast of Fire Island,” and invites guests to “enjoy our bar and casual dining, or relax outside on our patio listening to the waves, or partake in a romantic dinner in our stunning fireplace room.”
While instant dining is available, it is not recommended since waitstaff are not guaranteed to be online 24/7. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance with a deposit. The Lighthouse offers several dining packages for groups and couples with private dining options. Our waitress, Yasmin, was professional, friendly and non-obtrusive. The menu and dining packages includes appetizers, soups, entrees, and desserts, as well as a wine list – all of which the waitstaff will rezz for you along with utensils. Chairs have a full array of animations to compliment your dining experience: dining, drinking, sitting, and even paying your bill. While the prices may be a bit rich for some, our entire dining experience only cost a little under 2000L plus tip, which is a bargain for this experience. Yasmin, our waitress, even gave us a framed photo of ourselves as a souvenir and a to-go bag with a copy of our meal.
I suppose my only complaint would be the music – the orchestral classical scores on the stream did not seem to mix well with the Lighthouse’s romantic ambiance, but I assembled an impromtu private playlist for us, and we danced to some classic melodies sung by Al Green, Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc. – the type of music my parents used to slow dance to around the house at night when they thought the kids were asleep.
If you’re looking for a unique perfect date, I strongly recommend the Lighthouse, and congratulations to Cooper Udimo for saving a neglected landmark and giving it a Second Life.