Chris Young celebrates opening of Chris Young Cafe

Multiplatinum entertainer and former Middle Tennessee State University student Chris Young returned to his hometown for the grand opening of a MTSU learning lab and live entertainment venue that bears his name.

The Chris Young Cafe, a renovated cafeteria tucked amid MTSU dormitories alongside the university’s library, also features an eye-catching “Famous Friends” outdoor mural honoring influential MTSU graduates, former students and faculty, plus a new Tennessee Music Pathways marker unveiled at the ceremony to mark Young’s success.

MTSU renovated and reopened the facility in spring 1999 as the “Cyber Cafe,” touting it as “futuristic” with a small bank of student-accessible computers with Internet access and extended late-night dining hours.

In July 2019, the university announced that Young had made a generous donation to update the Woodmore Building as a teaching and rehearsal space for College of Media and Entertainment students and as a performance venue to put those students’ training to use.

Students and faculty in MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry had been using the facility as a live-event classroom to prepare and stage daytime and evening live shows since the college began presenting events there in fall 2018.

To read more about the opening, click here.

Thank you to MTSU News and Media Relations

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