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Saved by the Max, a nostalgia TV show pop up, debuts in Los Angeles with throwback red lockers taped with bits of ephemera.

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Wander Around Inside LA’s New Saved By the Bell Pop-Up Nostalgia Trip

The Saved by the Max ticketed event opens today

The lockers
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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.

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.

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Room for all to enjoy
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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

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The main dining room
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Stools and tabletops.
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The full seating setup
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Mr. Belding’s office

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Fried chicken
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Fish tacos
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Classic cheeseburger
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The Albert Clifford cocktail
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Poutine
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Waffle and ice cream dessert
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