Some might say it's getting harder to find a table in the Wilkinson Student Center at Brigham Young University these days.
That's partly because the tables have moved - from the Cougareat location between the bookstore and what was the student stepdown lounge area to the west ballrooms in 263 and 265 ELWC, becoming "Cougareat II."It's also because services as well as seating space are being cut back as dining services personnel try to feed students and guests in the midst of major construction.
New hours starting May 28, after a week of closure to relocate, are from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Cougareat II will close early to accommodate banquets in the ballrooms.
Most services will still be offered, including the salad and dessert bars. However, no grill or hand-dipped ice cream will be available. The Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway and Taco Bell Express franchises will reopen.
Seating for Cougareat customers will be generally in the main and east ballrooms unless a conflict moves seating into the Garden Court area.
In addition, the Skyroom and Museum Sidewalk Cafe services will be expanded to include student express lunches and foods. Food carts will be set up outside the Harold B. Lee library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Satellite food sites are also planned.Wilkinson Center construction manager Dick Aland said it will be a difficult transition for everyone, particularly when the majority of the university's 30,000 students return in the fall.
When it's safe to do so, a plywood walkway will be constructed between the bookstore and the east side of the Cougareat area to restore the most heavily used access on campus.
However, at least temporarily, the bookstore will not be accessible from the Wilkinson Center interior as steel beams are moved into place and the area is renovated into a modern food court space.
Target date for finishing the new Cougareat is June 1997.
Aland said special plastic and moisture-barrier flooring has been laid down in the ballrooms where the main food service will take place. And officials had planned to completely sand down and redo the main and ballroom floors anyway as part of the overall construction plan.
"It's actually come at a good time for us as far as the floor is concerned," he said.