Saturday, June 22, 2013

Family History Library and Cafeteria Closure

The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake CitySome patrons of the FamilySearch Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City avail themselves of the cafeteria in the basement of the Church Office Building, two blocks directly east of the library.

Starting Monday, the cafeteria proper will be closed for remodeling through August 5th. During the remodeling, lunch will be available to employees on the 26th floor from 11:00 to 1:30, Monday through Friday.

Access to the 26th floor requires an employee escort, and I have been unable to ascertain if or how the facility will be available to patrons of the library. Before you trek over to the cafeteria, I recommend you inquire at the front desk. For the first several days, they may not be aware that the remodeling is occurring, so I would ask specifically about the “26th floor cafeteria.”

The more I think about it, the less I think library patrons will have access without an escort. Doing so would bypass building security.

Employees who wish to escort guests to the 26th floor must get guest passes from department administrative assistants. Church Service Missionaries without employee badges must show their missionary badges to the security officer to obtain access to the elevator.

The menu will include soups and breads, main dishes and sides, pizza, a specialty sandwich of the day, a grilled sandwich of the day, hot dogs, desserts and cookies, canned and bottled drinks, grab and go items, and a salad bar “of the day.” Ice and drinking water will not be available, but bottled water will be sold for $.25 per bottle (during lunch hours).

I’m sure the library staff can direct you to alternatives in the downtown area available by foot or by Trax, the Salt Lake City light rail system.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, memories. It seems like it was just yesterday that the cafeteria was remodeled last time. But it was more like 12-15 years ago.

    At present, tourists are allowed access to the 26th floor observation decks on the east and west sides of the building. So it would not be a lot of extra work for the Church Service Missionaries that escort the tourists to also escort those who want to get to the cafeteria.

    It is worth doing at least once. The windows in the room used as the cafeteria shows the view from the south side of the building, so you get to see a view that is totally different than what you can see from the observation decks.

    It is too bad that the cafeteria will not be repeating what they did during the last remodel. They set up the 26th floor as an all-you-can-eat cafeteria for one fixed price, if I remember correctly.

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