Fans of the kitschy '90s teen sitcom Saved By The Bell might want to head to the Chicago area this summer: Saved By The Max, a pop-up restaurant based on the show's after-school hangout The Max, launches there on June 1.
If you're thinking that sounds like a super-fun way to relive the era, you're not alone. According to WGN, the first reservations booked up so quickly that the run is now getting extended by a month, to August 31. But it still won't be so easy to get in. Most seats are booked, although there's still hope—if you're willing to be flexible: Dinner reservations are still being accepted for solo diners, and a limited amount of seats will be left open for walk-ins. Organizers have also kept weekend brunch and a late-night menu available solely for walk-ins, so if you're desperate to get in, you just might be Saved.
What's on the menu? It's the sort of diner food that The Max would have served, with dishes inspired by the cast members. For example, there's the Mac & Screech (macaroni and cheese), A.C. Sliders (BBQ pulled pork sliders) and Tori's Fried Chicken (Korean fried chicken with a roasted scallion waffle and spiced syrup). The pop-up will also host theme-within-the-theme events, including trivia nights, costume contests, cast Q&As, and a Zack Attack cover band to pay homage to the program's rock-star-wannabe group.
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