Photo: Courtesy of Saved by the Max
Remember the “Hot Sundae” trio Jesse, Kelly and Lisa from Bayside High practicing the song “I’m so excited” at the oh-so famous campus hangout “Saved by the Max.” Does that ring a bell yet? Ding, ding, ding you guessed it’s the hit 90’s sitcom “Saved by the Bell” and they’re returning to Los Angeles soon. Well sort of.
“Saved by the Max” is going on the road and the next stop is Los Angeles. While we can’t say for sure if any of the Bayside gang will appear, a reunion seems unlikely. America’s favorite Principal Richard Belding portrayed by Dennis Haskins was spotted at the pop-up in Wicker Park, Chicago. Mario Lopez also known as A.C. Slater and the show’s creator Peter Engel also showed up in the windy city for guest appearances along with diner owner Max himself, Ed Alonzo. Are you excited yet?
Super fan Derek Berry partnered with two friends Steve Harris and Zack Eastman with help from NBC Universal to recreate the iconic after school diner with meticulous attention to detail down to the Bayside Tigers sign. The lockers even look identical to the one’s fans remember from the NBC set with the sign that says “Will you go to prom with me?” The only thing missing is Screech hiding in the locker.
“The journey of “Saved by The Max” never fails to amaze us,” says Berry. “To see it evolve from fan idea turned overnight social media craze, to an entire sold out year of operations in Chicago, and now coming full circle with a move to the show’s hometown of LA is nothing short of a dream come true for us all. It’s a real testament to the enduring popularity and legacy of the show.”
Fans can expect such crowd pleasers as Tori’s Fried Chicken, A.C. Sliders, Mac & Screech, Bayside Burger, Preppy BLT and the Kelly Kapowski Monte Cristo. Full food and drinks menus to be released later.
Stay tuned to @SavedbyTheMax on social media for updates on the Los Angeles location announcement, opening date and when tickets will be made available to the public. Still want The Max in your city? Get on social media and Tweet, Facebook or Instagram @savedbythemax because it might be headed to a city near you next.