From a media release:
THE FAMILY RESTAURANT SEASON III PRODUCTION LAUNCHES WITH BIG LUCK
Old-style elegance and family warmth are the hallmarks of The Lingnan, the eating establishment featured in Season III of The Family Restaurant, the hit documentary series returning to Food Network in January 2009. Filming gets underway in Edmonton on Saturday January 26, launched with the traditional Big Luck Ceremony that heralds the start-up of important Chinese projects.
After the extraordinary success of the series’ first two seasons, AnaÃ¯d Productions embarked on a search in several cities for the next family establishment and found their best story right in Edmonton. â€œThe Lingnan has been serving Chinese food to Edmontonians since 1947 and holds an important place in the city’s culture,â€ says Executive Producer Margaret Mardirossian. â€œThe Quon Family has run the restaurant since its inception and they have agreed to let us in on the challenges they face, as the new generation approaches the traditional business in new ways.â€
This season, we meet The Lingnan’s exuberant, perfectionist manager (and elder son of the family) Miles Quon (26). Having growing up in and around the Lingnan, Miles can hardly wait to modernize the placeâ€”despite the resistance of his set-in-their-ways parents. Miles believes that you can’t rest on your laurels if you want to thrive.
Kinman (53), Miles’s father and owner of The Lingnan, is a relaxed, laid-back individual. Proud of his 60-year-old business, long-time employees, and faithful customers, Kinman takes an â€œif-it-ain’t-brokeâ€ approach to restaurant management, much to his elder son’s consternation.
We also meet tireless restaurateur and mother/hostess, the â€œAmazing Amy,â€ a bossy bundle of energy and a charming entertainer in The Lingnan’s front of house. She also runs the Quons’ second popular eatery in Edmonton’s downtown, Chicken for Lunch, which sees line-ups 40-deep or more every weekday noon hour.
Daughter Mandy (24) works full-time as a sales manager at a local hotel, and adds an extra splash of glamour to the Lingnan when she hostesses on Friday and Saturday evenings. Her handsome East Indian boyfriend Ajit sometimes gets conscripted as a bartender on nights when they’re short-staffed. Mandy worries that her mother is killing herself with overwork, and wishes she would close Chicken For Lunch and focus on the Lingnan. But Amy loves her â€œchicken boys and girlsâ€ (as she calls her lunch customers) and treasures the independence of having her own business. Will she ever listen to her children, or her own aching muscles, and give it up?
Marty (23), the younger Quon son, is a university student who just landed his dream job at a car dealership where he can live out his obsession with automobiles. When he’s not selling cars or studying, Marty can be found delivering take-out all over the cityâ€”although not often enough to please Miles or his parents, who consider him the family â€œslacker.â€
The Family Restaurant will bring, with its usual panache, the flashes of mayhem along with the flavours of tradition, wrapped up in delicious bites of entertainment, debuting January 2009.