Brigham Young University is opening an on-campus bar later this year — a milk-and-cookie bar.
Because, of course, BYU is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which teaches its members to abstain from drinking alcohol. Milk and cookies are OK, however. And, once the new on-campus facility is completed, milk and cookies will be actively encouraged.
And not just plain ol' milk. Or even plain ol' chocolate milk. BYU is promising a variety of flavors — including mint brownie, cookies-and-cream, root beer and an array of fruit flavors. “Imagine a freestyle soft drink machine but with BYU milk and flavor mix-ins,” according to a release.
The flavored milk will wash down a variety of BYU's “signature baked goods,” including “baked-to-order cookies.”
(Accommodations will be made for the lactose intolerant; dairy-free milk alternatives like soy milk and almond milk will be available.)
Who says the Provo school doesn’t have a sense of humor about itself? According to the news release, the milk-and-cookie bar “underscores BYU’s stone-cold sober legacy” — the university has been No. 1 on The Princeton Review’s list of colleges that avoid alcohol.
The milk-and-cookie bar will be added as part of an ongoing remodelng of the BYU Bookstore and the Cougareat. The bar — or lounge — will bridge the space between the two at the Wilkinson Student Center. Construction will begin this summer; it's expected to be completed by the time classes resume in the fall.
BYU will also remodel Cougareat, updating the seating area and adding new restaurant options — including allergy-free, vegan and vegetarian options.
“We hope to create an atmosphere that has a more collegiate feel — a bright space full of light,” said Dean Wright, director of BYU Dining Services.