Saved by The Max

An exact replica of the diner from the ‘90s sitcom will open in West Hollywood.

Gowri Chandra
January 29, 2018

As of Monday, it’s official: You can now get your tickets for L.A.’s Saved by the Bell pop-up diner. Tickets go on sale on February 2 for the May 1 launch. 

After a successful year-long run in Chicago, an exact replica of the diner from the ‘90s sitcom Saved by the Bell is coming to Los Angeles. Having served more than 20,000 Bayside burgers before closing down on May 31 of last year in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, the diner The Max will officially open in L.A.’s West Hollywood neighborhood in the spring.

For any Trapper Keeper-toting, scrunchie-wearing ‘90s kid who looked forward to coming home to Saved by the Bell, this might feel surreal, to say the least. In addition to looking exactly like the set from the iconic show, The Max will also sport show-inspired items like: Tori’s Fried Chicken, A.C. Sliders, Mac & Screech, Bayside Burger, Preppy BLT and the Kelly Kapowski Montecristo. 

Saved by The Max

The whole thing started when co-founder Derek Berry started a Facebook group to gauge interest for an event like this last year. According to Eater, he shopped the idea to NBC execs who gave it the green light—and the rest is history. 

A press release states that the pop-up is committed to “the finest in chef-driven diner fare.” What that looked like in Chicago was bringing on Brian Fisher, who was previously at Michelin-starred Schwa. He’ll still be on the team for the L.A. pop-up, although they’re looking to bring on L.A. chef talent as well. 

They’ve also been bringing on talent from the show to help promote the event—Ed Alonzo, who played Max, and Dennis Haskins, better known as Principal Belding, have both starred in video promos. 

The Los Angeles event takes on special significance given its proximity to NBC studios and Bayside High being set in Palisades, California. “The end result is going to be nothing short of nostalgic dream come true,” says Berry.

Tickets will be on sale through October.