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June 12, 2016 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Saved By The Bell's The Max restaurant has opened as a pop-up eatery in Chicago

Saved By The Bell's Max restaurant
Fans of 90's sitcom Saved By The Bell have been flocking to Chicago where a pop-up version of the Max restaurant is dishing burgers and neon fun!
Saved By The Bell was a sitcom that ran for five seasons, in the US, from 1989 to 1993 on NBC. It was a lighthearted comedy with frivolous plots, but something about the characters made it a hit with audiences. The kids from Bayside hung out at a restaurant called, The Max. The spirit of the TV show has been resurrected in a real-world restaurant in Chicago!

Saved By The Bell logo While one might expect such a restaurant to appear in Los Angeles, it's the work of a Chicago event promoter that led to it's installation in Chicago's Wicker Park area. Another odd facet is it's timeline. Having just opened on June 1, The (new) Max will only be open through August.

Entrees seem to all be under $15, although they also sell liquor. I guess restaurant margins are higher than I thought. Obviously, a promoter only creates a pop-up event if it will quickly turn a profit.

Saved By The Max has a Facebook page and folks are posting about long lines and being turned away. Reservations are recommended since they are limiting the number of walk-ins. As disappointing as that may e, it shows there's a lot of interest in dining "Bell" style. If you plan on checking it out, get a reservation.

Saved By The Bell's The Max restaurant The pop-up restaurant is open Monday through Sunday serving dinner and a late night menu every night! Their Late Night offerings go until 1:00am on weekdays and 2am on weekends. It sounds like they are moving people through at a rapid rate to accommodate as many guests as possible.
Saved By The Bell's The Max restaurant All of the menu's offerings, including drinks, have names tied to various elements of the show. A.C. Sliders, Tori's Fried Chicken, Spano's Seasonal Veggie, and drinks like Jessie's Joan Of Arc.

It's nice to see they've captured the era with the inclusion of Atari's Centipede and Data East's Kung Fu Master arcade games!

When it comes to the cast of Saved By The Bell, fans seemed partial to Tiffani-Amber Thiessen's Kelly Kapowski, the cheerleader who dated Zack (the male lead). I always thought Lark Voorhies' Lisa Turtle was the one to watch. She was wise to decline Screech's advances... since Dustin Diamond had been in and out of jail on a regular basis. Just saying...

June 13 Update: I just read that The Max has been so well received in Chicago, the event promoter is keeping it open through the end of 2016. Originally, it was to close in August.

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