At this stage, it feels like the ’90s nostalgia bandwagon has rumbled on longer than the actual ’90s. We’ve recently had a weird Friends non-reunion and The Crystal Maze is now an actual thing you can do in London. The latest development: the fictional restaurant from Saved By The Bell is becoming an actual diner.
The show, which ran from 1989 to 1993 and was succeeded by spin-off series Saved By The Bell: The New Class, charted the highs and lows of life at Bayside High School in Los Angeles for characters such as manic teen Screech (Dustin Diamond) and kindly disciplinarian Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins). There was also a local diner called The Max, which happened to be run by a bloke called Max.
And now, thanks to Chicago resident Derek Berry, the diner is to become a real place in The Windy City. The pop-up, named Saved By The Max, will open in the Wicker Park neighbourhood for a month from June 1 and you can get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. If it goes well, Berry says it may become a permanent fixture. Here’s an advert featuring the bloke who played Max:
There’ll be traditional diner food, karaoke nights and even a house band, Zack Attack!, named after a band in the show. Among other songs, Berry promises, they’ll play “a few different renditions of the theme song”. There’ll also be club nights in which the diner will turned into The Attic, a club featured in the show. Mario Lopez, aka dreamboat AC Slater, posted on Instragram that he’d heard “they have a burger called an ‘AC Slider'”.
Speaking to local website Chicagoist , Berry, an events co-ordinator in his day job at Chicago venue Beauty Bar, explained that he was inspired to make The Max a reality “after doing a few ‘themed’ events and seeing how people really got excited about having some hands-on nostalgia.” There’s a place in London called Cereal Killer Cafe that literally serves cereal in a ’90s-themed setting. If there’s one thing millennials stand against, it’s growing up.
Also rumoured: Dustin Diamond may well make an appearance. He recently served a four-month jail sentence for carrying a concealed weapon, a fact that provides a stark reminder that adulthood is hard. The past seems kinder, so strap on your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bumbag and ride your skateboard all the way to The Max.