Being an adult can really suck. It has its joys, of course, like being able to hang out with friends as late as you want, or having no one stop you from eating ice cream and candy for dinner. But adults know that responsibilities await and avoidable stomach aches are no fun, which brings us back to square one. Opportunities to relive the freedom and innocence of childhood diminish with every page of the calendar that falls away, which is why when the TV Guide staff learned that Saved by the Max, the Saved By The Bell pop-up restaurant, was coming to LA, everyone immediately made plans to go.
The Max holds a special place in the heart of Saved by the Bell fans. Seeing Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) , Slater (Mario Lopez), Kelly (Tiffani Theiessen), Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley), Lisa (Lark Voorhies) and Screech (Dustin Diamond) hang out at the diner seemed like the coolest thing in the world — if high school didn't include going to a brightly colored restaurant with an awesome jukebox and an interesting mix of friends to gab with, then high school itself had no value whatsoever. The Max was a safe space, a place to cruise for dates, a place to hatch a plan or, in Jesse's case, a place to begin a dark descent into madness fueled by caffeine pills.
Who could resist going there as an adult? And could going there help grown-ups, whose innocence has been stolen by student loan payments and reading the news, relive those carefree days? TV Guide went to Saved by the Max to find out, and had Max himself, Ed Alonzo, give us a tour, as you can see in the video above.
For more information on how to visit Saved by the Max — or lobby to get it to come to a city near you! — check out its site here.