“The Wall” at BYU entices talents and tastebuds


By Erika Hulterstrom

You sit watching the latest sports headlines on flat screen TVs while sipping your favorite specialty drink. Beside you, your peers are engrossed by the Mario Kart Wii game on the screen. You hear music playing while you wait for comedy night to start. Your fresh cooked fries sizzle when they hit your favorite condiment, Utah’s famous fry sauce.

This all sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

For BYU students, this dream of a music lounge paradise is achieved simply by stepping into the Wilkinson Student Center. Where Outdoors Unlimited once checked out bikes and camping gear, a brand new establishment called The Wall, is catching on with students and locals alike.

One of The Wall’s chefs, Ashley Hansen, said, “We are so much more than just a restaurant, we’re a music lounge.” The Wall lives up to that title, featuring local bands and open-mic nights, karaoke and even some comedy performances. You can’t go wrong attending an event at The Wall.

Don’t forget to order yourself that Cloud 9 or Sugar Lips you’ve been craving to sip while you’re there. These two options are just the tip of the iceberg when ordering a specialty Italian soda at The Wall. If Italian sodas don’t start your taste buds watering, you can always order a fruit smoothie or shaved ice from the non-alcoholic bar, or indulge in a Belgian Waffle. The Wall’s menu is “always evolving,” and features “everything from pita and hummus to a berry salad.”

If you’re not hungry, come see some of the entertainment, or get your picture taken with the giant Cosmo statue in front of the lounge. Work on your classes in a comfortable environment or enjoy some quality time with friends. Whatever brings you into The Wall, once you come, you won’t want to leave.

Erika Hulterstrom is a high school student participating in the BYU Summer Scholars program sponsored by the BYU Department of Communication. Erika is from Provo.

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