Nostalgia pop-up Saved by the Max is coming back to Los Angeles for another round, though this time the experience will be admittedly rather different. Previously, Saved by the Max had been an in-person trip meant to toss diners through the television screen and into the halls of Bayside High and onto the booths of the Max, the colorful ‘90s diner from the hit show Saved by the Bell. Now, from August 20 to 25, fans can line up (digitally) for what’s being called a Bayside Preppy Pack, which comes with a burger, tater tots, and a little bit of merch. There will be add-on items like loaded fries available, and fans can also order separate items branded to fit the show theme like a cocktail called the See Ya Slater. Pre-orders for the food go on sale tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. for those who want to get in on the action, and given the state of things these days, who wouldn’t like a little retro happiness in their life at the moment?
And in other news:
- VinoVore is has added a new takeout window for all your bottle shop wine needs on Hoover.
- IB Hospitality (Norah, Margot) has turned on a new takeout and delivery-only pizza option called Lucca Pizza. Owner Rohan Talwar and chef Mike Williams are using the Norah kitchen in West Hollywood to make the wood-fired pies.
- Disneyland is still not open in Orange County as a result of the ongoing pandemic, though state officials are reportedly working on a plan to bring that theme park and others (including Legoland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and SeaWorld San Diego) back to life whenever possible, says the Orange County Register.
- West LA Michelin-level restaurant Kato is now offering a variety of a la carte dishes, including these crispy scallion pancake wraps for just $11.
- Longtime well-known barman Christiaan Rollich has left the Lucques Group, with plans to relocate with his family to Phoenix, he tells Eater.
- The Ace Hotel is reopening tomorrow in Downtown Los Angeles. While the Best Girl restaurant on the ground floor will remain closed for now, the coffee takeaway stand will be up and running, as will the rooftop area known simply as Upstairs. Expect socially-distant snack food in the open air, and mellow DJ sets on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Meanwhile, brunch staple Barbrix has reopened in Silver Lake by taking over the entire parking lot in front of the building. They’ve even added a pizza oven to the equation.
- Pink’s has reopened in Hollywood, and judging by the pictures below it seems that some fans just couldn’t wait to back over for a hot dog, even with all the new protocols in place.