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TV Review: The Family Restaurant Season Finale

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You thought you'd already seen a big, fat Greek wedding? You ain't seen nothing yet.

The second season finale of The Food Network's reality series The Family Restaurant airs Monday, December 4 at 9:30 p.m. with a wedding in the Psalios family. The show follows patriarch Yianni, his wife Kally, their adult children Theo and Dina, and Dina's fiance Chris as they manage the family's Greek restaurants in Edmonton, Alberta.

A Cyprus village wedding has apparently been Dina's dream since she was six, though in the season two opener, it seemed to be Yianni's dream more than hers. In any event, the finale follows the family to Yianni's home village for the wedding of a lifetime, down to the groom's arrival on a donkey. The village preparations and three-day wedding are cut with brief scenes showing how the restaurant employees are faring without the family for their weeks-long trip.

Dina and ChrisThere's an almost melancholy tension built into the series, with the driven Yianni determined to maintain his restaurant empire and the women in the family in particular both devoted to and conflicted by its success. They work long hours, often in separate restaurants, so have little time for a life outside the restaurant.

But as the finale shows, their employees have become almost family – family who weren't able to attend the wedding because they needed to be home to run the restaurants. Though they had their own celebration in honour of the happy couple, they missed quite the party.

You don't have to. The one-hour finale with all the festivities airs on The Food Network on December 4 at 9:30 p.m. and replays later that day at 1:30 a.m., December 7 at 10:30 p.m. and December 10 at 2:30 p.m.

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  • http://theendofdave.com DAVE

    I must admit this show is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s so silly it’s entertaining.

  • Nick Kotsopoulos

    Just watched the finale and thought it was an excellant show. Quite entertaining. Hope we get to see Theos wedding and more episodes.

  • Mish

    What a brutal show. Miles is so arrogant and annoying. Not entertaining at all. Way to play into the stereotypes too.

  • Judie

    Where to purchase the series – just saw it in 2011 and loved it want to buy to show my family