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90's nostalgia is gearing up for an all-time high right now, with Fuller House on Netflix and several Nickelodeon projects in the works. It only makes sense that a couple of business savvy guys would realize this and opened up a pop-up restaurant replica of the diner hangout from Saved by The Bell. The restaurant, called Saved by the Max, has seen some massive success over in Chicago, and it just got a huge visitor in the form of Mario Lopez- host of Extra and former star of Save by the Bell.
On Saved by the Bell, Mario Lopez played A.C. Slater, the star quarterback and secret dance enthusiast of Bayside High. Lopez has long since moved on from the role, but that didn't stop him from popping at the Saved by the Max diner to surprise the customers. The host of Extra walked around and shook hands with the patrons while taking in the almost perfect replica of the show's set. He even stopped by a replica of Slater's locker, complete with a picture of Elvis and baby sized jersey.
Saved by the Max is a pop-up diner that opened earlier this summer in Chicago. It was meant to close its doors in August, but after becoming a huge success, it'll be staying open through December. The menu is filled with comfort food named after references to the show like the Miss Bliss candied bacon and Mac & Screech; Mario Lopez hopefully tried at least one of the A.C. Sliders before he left. For $35 a ticket, guests can enjoy an appetizer, entree, and dessert. It also serves walk-in customers, but the line has been known to go out the door. In addition to all that, there are even scheduled appearances from old members of the cast, as well as trivia nights and 80's and 90's themed parties.
The diner paid next to no money for advertisements. Instead they relied on social media to spread the word, which seems to be a winning strategy. Phone happy millennials are pretty much the ones who grew up on Saved by the Bell in the first place - might as well use that to your advantage.
The whole affair was probably a wild ride for Mario Lopez, who still gets love from his Saved by the Bell days. The actor revisited the Slater role one year ago for a bit on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which currently has over 34 million views on YouTube. People just love their Saved by the Bell.