Saved by the Max actually got its start in Chicago in June of 2016 and put fans of the diner through quite the roller coaster of emotions. First, the diner shut its doors exactly a year after opening (it is a pop-up diner after all). Then four months later, another surprise hit YouTube: an announcement from none other than Mr. Belding himself (Dennis Haskins) announcing the diner would reopen — in sunny West Hollywood.
The Saved by the Max pop-up diner and bar will open on May 1, and tickets will go on sale online this Friday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. PT. You’d better act fast because there’s already a waitlist to get a reservation.
The pop-up diner, as one would expect, recreates the show’s well-known hotspot, The Max — and it looks pretty spot-on.
On the menu, you’ll find some most appropriately named items, such as the Bayside Burger and Max’s Magical Sweet Tooth. In Chicago, the diner even offered a prix fixe menu for $45 — something we’ll likely (hopefully!) see at the Los Angeles location as well.
I mean, come on: Just look at this Twinkie ice cream dessert.
You might even spot some ’90s-inspired engagement proposals at Saved by the Max. “I looked over and saw this guy proposing to his girlfriend, who was dressed as Kelly Kapowski,” Derek Berry, one of three partners behind the diner, told Los Angeles Magazine. “It was surprising, touching, a little weird, and mostly awesome.”
For those unable to attend the LA opening, don’t worry. According to Eater Los Angeles, this new LA leg is meant to be a precursor for a larger national tour. So be sure to follow The Max on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for updates.