If you’re a child of the ’80s, you’ve probably dreamed of one day being able to stop into “The Max” for burgers and sodas. If your dreams were especially fanciful, you probably imagined what you’d do if you ran into any of the characters from Saved By The Bell: Zack Morris, A.C. Slater, Kelly Kapowski, Lisa Turtle, Jessie Spano or even Samuel “Screech” Powers. Heck, even Mr. Belding would do.
While the likelihood of running into one of these fictional character is low, Chicago-land residents have been able to visit a place that not even the aforementioned Mr. Belding dared to go when “Saved By The Max,” the pop-up restaurant based on the late ’80s, early ’90s teen sitcom opened this past spring. The restaurant’s been insanely popular but Chicago’s final period is approaching. Just like when the gang took a trip to Hawaii in the 1992 made for TV movie, the pop-up is set for a cross-country tour.
The man who played the bumbling principal himself, Dennis Haskins, made the announcement. We still don’t know what cities the popular Bayside haunt will stop in, but the restaurant will remain in the Windy City for one more “semester” (until May) before moving on. “We felt as Chicagoans that it was only fair to give Chicagoans a clean year of Saved By The Max before it goes anywhere else,” organizer Zack Eastman told Eater.
Obviously, they realized that it wasn’t fair to keep the nostalgic magic that is Saved By The Bell from the rest of the country. The only question is: where is it headed next? New York, Atlanta, maybe Bayside, California. That’s a real place, right?