The LakeHouse Great South Bay

Content + Visual Development, Design + Identity, Web Development, Digital Marketing

The LakeHouse Great South Bay has been the jewel of Bay Shore, Long Island NY since 2006. With stunning views, comfortable seating for 100+ guests, two lounge areas, and deck overlooking the Great South Bay, this family-owned and run restaurant is warm and inviting with an impeccable dining experience.

We were hired a second time to develop another new brand for The LakeHouse. We created a new logo, new branded e-commerce website, print materials and email marketing promotions. We focus on user experience, creation of visual impact, and strong brand communication, ensuring a clear brand experience.

“The LakeHouse is touted by many as “one of the best restaurants on Long Island. This New American fine dining experience is not to be missed.”

Behind the Scenes

We started with a new logo, keeping some of the elements from the original one. Since the business was moving to a bigger location from the lake to the bay, the Sharkey team produced a new web presence to depict their new location, new menu, and new offerings.

Client: The LakeHouse Great South Bay


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