Looks like a "Saved By The Bell" pop-up restaurant and bar is heading to Wicker Park. A Facebook post detailing plans for a month-long pop-up themed after the 1990s sit-com has been making the rounds. But before fans can yell "I'm so excited, I'm so...scared," the organizers will have to reveal a location. The anonymous invite for "Saved By The Max" targets a June 1 opening date.
It's also not the first time a Wicker Park restaurant has paid tribute to those students from Bayside High School. Back in 2012, Antique Taco "dressed up" as the sit-com diner for Halloween and served a special diner-themed menu. These plans for a month-long pop-up are more ambitious, but, like Antique Taco did, this pop-up wants to masquerade as The Max, the after-school diner where students hung out, chowed down on burgers and shakes and even learned a little bit about life.
The proposed menu is chockfull of puns to recognize the cast. Mario Lopez' A.C. Slater gets "AC Sliders." Mark-Paul Gosselear's Zack Morris and his khakis get the "Preppy BLT." They're also promising themed cocktails with a full bar designed to look like The Max. Back in 2014, neighborhood bars organized events so patrons could watch "The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story." As far as the pop-up, there's also plans for trivia nights, costume parties and prizes to drown anyone in enough nostalgia.
Chicagoist first reported the story, and an attempt to reach the organizer wasn't successful (see update below). The invite also included a legal disclaimer saying they're not affiliated with NBC. It remains to be seen if that will be enough to prevent the network from affecting the organizer's plans.
UPDATE: The organizer, who didn't identify him or herself, sent this message via email:
"We are a group of friends who are all affiliated in different ways in the service industry. One partner has over 20 years of food/restaurant experience, while others of us are more prominent in mixology or promotional work in the behind the scenes side of the industry. Our menu is being hand selected and will not total tributes to SBTB & references, but good stuff you'll actually enjoy while taking in the experience!"