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A Totally Rad 'Saved By The Bell' Restaurant Is Coming to LA

An official replica of The Max diner is popping up in Los Angeles

The cast of Saved by the Bell
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Just when Los Angeles seemed to reach peak pop culture dining status, here comes a brand new Saved By the Bell pop-up called Saved by the Max, complete with tons of iconography from the famed TV diner The Max. The long-running pop-up enjoyed all kinds of success in Chicago last year, but now organizers Zack Eastman, Steve Harris, and Derek Berry are pushing the party out to Bayside’s spiritual home on the West Coast.

In a release, the Saved by the Max team says they are “so excited, so excited, so excited” bring the pop-up to LA before the end of the year. So far they haven’t announced the official location except to say that it’s an existing restaurant space, but plan to drop the address when they push out an announcement on tickets in a few months. In Chicago, that meant getting in via Tock, the Nick Kokonas (Alinea Group) product that locks in tables and times with, essentially, a small deposit.

So what does one get for their money? A pretty immersive Bayside experience, by the looks of it. The space is likely to be kitted out with all kinds of retro memorabilia that harken not only to the true look of The Max, but to the show itself. There’s going to be a full menu here, so look for Bayside Burgers, Tori’s fried chicken, and plenty more, and as with the Will Ferrell-themed Stay Classy bar that hit Hollywood last year, celebrity pop-ins are always possible. This is Los Angeles after all.

Reps say that a full menu reveal, ticketing info, and location are still to come. It is important to note here that, unlike say the Tim Burton-themed bar currently running in Hollywood, Saved by the Max actually has the backing of NBC Universal. That should greatly broaden the scope of what’s possible when The Max comes to town, and (hopefully) make for an even cooler experience when all is said and done. In the meantime, check out the Saved by the Max Instagram page for a look at just how detailed the team is willing to get, then prepare those throwback outfits accordingly.