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Zack Morris is cash: 'Saved by the Bell' pop-up restaurant opens in WeHo




The Saved by The Max diner aims to makes fans of Saved by the Bell feel like they're students at Bayside High
The Saved by The Max diner aims to makes fans of Saved by the Bell feel like they're students at Bayside High
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Hey, hey, hey, hey! What's going on here? 

No, "Saved by the Bell" fans, you aren't dreaming. That restaurant does look exactly like The Max, the favorite cafe hangout of Bayside High's finest.

So if you ever wanted to feel like you'd been transported back 25 years into the show, you're in luck. West Hollywood is now home to the "Saved by the Bell"- inspired pop-up restaurant called Saved by The Max.

The Saved by The Max pop up restaurant is inspired by the cafe from Saved by the Bell, The Max
The Saved by The Max pop up restaurant is inspired by the cafe from Saved by the Bell, The Max
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"I'm hoping that fans who come to Saved by The Max just forget about everything for the hour and a half that they're there and just have fun. From the music that's playing from the show to photo opportunities, I think it's just like a Saved by the Bell playground in there," said co-owner, Derek Berry.

He's a fan of the show too, and he hopes all the preppies will appreciate the attention to detail at Saved by the Max, which starts from the moment diners walk in.

"The first thing they're gonna get hit with is a big locker case, which has got a locker devoted to every member of the cast. With little tidbits and deep cuts from Zack's big cell phone to Slater's wrestling singlet and Lisa's crutches. And as you turn the corner and get the big reveal of the main room, I think your breath is kind of taken away," Berry said.

The first thing diners see when they enter Saved by The Max is a bunch of lockers, one for each Saved by the Bell cast member
The first thing diners see when they enter Saved by The Max is a bunch of lockers, one for each Saved by the Bell cast member
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 The accuracy of the decor even impressed Ed Alonzo, one of the show's cast members.

"We had Ed Alonzo, who played Max on the show, come in to do some stuff with us. And he walked in and I thought he was going to faint. He was like, 'Did you steal this from NBC? Is this the original set?' He couldn't believe we had replicated it," Berry said.

The restaurants menu includes diner classics like the Monte Cristo
The restaurants menu includes diner classics like the Monte Cristo
Saved by The Max

But this diner is not just about looks. The food got plenty of attention too. Berry said the owners turned to chef Brian Fisher to create a menu that would be both delicious and preppie-approved.

"[Fisher] came up with things that he felt made him think of his childhood and when he was watching Saved by the Bell and also things that when he comes to Los Angeles he enjoys. It's not your normal hotdog and chicken nuggets. We've got like Korean-fried chicken waffles and we've got a really good pastrami sandwich," Berry said.

The menu also has upscale twists on favorite dishes like the Korean fried chicken and waffles
The menu also has upscale twists on favorite dishes like the Korean fried chicken and waffles
Saved by The Max

Berry said the response to Saved by the Max went beyond what he and the other co-owners expected. Early reservation tickets where sold out when the pop-up opened Monday.

But fear not, the restaurant is going to extend its stay for a 'Second Semester' until September 2019. You can get your ticket for that next bunch of dates Friday, May 4, at the restaurant's website.



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