It’s time to set those calendars back about about 25 years, because here comes Saved By the Max, the neon-tinged pop-up restaurant aiming to be a near-complete recreation of Saved By the Bell’s own iconic restaurant. Organizers Zack Eastman, Steve Harris, and Derek Berry have nailed the show-approved look, from the retro diner seats to the Bayside High lockers and even Mr. Belding’s own office — now all that’s left is to eat.
Chicago chef Brian Fisher is in as the overseer of the colorful menu at Saved by the Max. Fisher has a finer dining background out east but is working up simple flavors like cheeseburgers, fried chicken, and even poutine inside this pop-up. There are cocktails as well, and most of the menu items carry names meant as a nod to the original show. The opening menu is below.
As for the space, expect a slew of cultural touchpoints meant to tug at the nostalgia strings in anyone under 45. There are cutouts of the original cast hanging along one wall, a faux locker setup filled with memorabilia from the show and a throwback Bayside jersey for Slater. Ed Alonzo, the actor who played the magician in charge of running The Max in the show, is even slated to attend a few events during this opening week.
Early tickets for Saved by the Max sold out in a matter of minutes, but the pop-up is extending its run (lovingly called its Second Semester) with new tickets going on sale this Friday, May 4 at noon. Expect the full pop-up run to last until September of next year.
Saved By the Max
7100 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA