Photos Of This ‘Saved By The Bell’ Diner Are An Early-’90s Dream Come True
If you grew up dreaming of walking the halls of Bayside High School with Zack, Kelly, A.C., Jessie, Screech, and Lisa, you’re going to want to book a flight to Chicago ASAP. A Saved by the Bell-themed diner opened this week, called Saved By The Max, and it looks just like transporting back 23 years and stepping into the local campus hangout, The Max. Ed Alonzo, who played the owner of The Max and a magician during the show’s first season, even performed magic tricks at the grand opening.
Photos of the pop-up restaurant and bar show cushiony red and blue booths, neon pink windows, and old arcade games and jukeboxes to keep everyone entertained (as if the decor alone wasn’t enough to hold your attention). Everything down to the menu is based off the beloved sitcom, with meal options including a Bayside Burger, A.C. Sliders, and Mac & Screech and drinks like a Lisa Turtle milkshake. Michelin-star chef Brian Fisher created the menu, so it won’t be your typical, greasy diner food.
The genius behind the pop-up, Derek Berry, told Vogue’s Maria Ward: “Being, like, a huge Saved by the Bell fan, I instantly thought of where I would like to eat, what would be totally iconic to be in.” For his day job as an event planner, Berry has been throwing ’80s- and ’90s-themed parties for years and decided to take it up a notch.
Berry had to transform the restaurant space in under a month, and told Vogue, “I was up until 3:00 in the morning last night searching ‘Saved by the Bell quotes’ so we can paint [them] on the walls.” Although he created the look-alike diner, he still gets freaked out by how similar it looks to the original The Max. “I can barely believe when I’m in there — I mean, I feel like I’m on the set of the show, I really do,” he told Vogue.
In keeping with the theme, the staff will wear red t-shirts and either black shorts or slacks with a matching apron. They’ll all go by either Max or Kelly too, so customers certainly won’t forget their waiter’s name.
The diner will only be open through August 31, so you better plan your trip to Chicago before then. Forget seeing the Chicago Cubs play or the Cloud Gate sculpture — the city’s biggest attraction this summer will be Saved By The Max. Nostalgic millennials are going to eat this shit up.