Monday May 7, 1945 – the Second World War finally comes to an end and a new, brighter future beckons. In the midst of central Stockholm celebrations, two strangers come together with a quick kiss, parting company immediately after. Upper-class girl Nina and kitchen hand Calle don’t yet know that their brief encounter will come to have tumultuous consequences. Witness the series that drew comparisons to DOWNTON ABBEY and immediately became one of the most successful Swedish shows ever.
Stockholm VE Day 1945. In the jubilant crowd on Kungsgatan, a spontaneous kiss between two strangers will have dire consequences.
2. The Return
Mr Peter Löwander returns from military service in Europe accompanied by a Jewish girl named Suzanne Goldstein. Peter´s mother and the family´s “matriarch” Helga quietly resents her son´s new friend and ponders on what to do.
3. The Jubilee
Gustaf and Helga prepare a jubilee celebrating the restaurant´s 50 year existence as a way of attracting customers.
5. The Restaurant Manager
While Gustaf is held in police custody Peter takes over the role of restaurant manager at Djurgårdskällaren.
6. The Reopening
At this point everything is hanging by a thread. Peter and Nina are struggling to keep the restaurant afloat.
7. The Crayfish Party
Stockholm,1946. Nina and Erik are celebrating their engagement with a crayish party at the archipelago and Calle is reluctantly in charge of the food.
8. The Agreement
Suzanne’s meltdown leads to huge consequences for both Peter and the restaurant.
9. The Housewife
Stockholm, 1950. The past few years have really changed things for the Löwanders. Nina and Erik gave birth to a baby girl and Nina is currently living a calm and quiet life as a housewife. But things aren’t as perfect as they seem.
Nina’s addiction has catastrophic consequences. There is a dirty battle going on between Gustaf and Peter about the ruling of the restaurant.
1. The Christmas Present
December 1955. Christmas is coming up, Restaurant DK is doing extremely well, and everything should be joy and tranquility. However, the Löwander family is divided. A distressing event causes the matriarch, Helga, to make a new attempt in reuniting the family, but Gustaf is still hurt and simply not interested.
2. Rock 'n' Roll
Italian youngster, Angelo, starts as a dishwasher at Restaurant DK and finds the first 24 hours rough. Helga, Peter and Nina try to persuade Gustaf not to sell his shares in the restaurant, but Gustaf wants to be free from the family and move on to invest in his new workplace - Oscarshof.
3. Old Families and New Ones
It is 1956. Henriette Winter is a new partner in the restaurant and Peter and Ester are trying to find a way to get rid of her. Backe is feeling his age and is becoming increasingly paranoid, upsetting the entire kitchen staff.
4. Nina’s Surprise
After the Oscarshof incident, Gustaf is missing. Fears are spreading that he might have taken his own life. Henriette Winter has decided to sell her share in the restaurant and Peter and Nina are fighting about who should buy it.
5. The Book
1957. Calle has been head chef at DK for a year and Gustaf is back working at the restaurant. Nina's daughter Christina wants to move to Stockholm to live with her mother, but Christina's father is not too sure.
7. The Ten-Thousand Kronor Question
Peter is agonizing over whether or not he should leave his family and the restaurant in order to live with the love of his life Suzanne.
8. The Sermon
1962. Calle and Nina have been doing their television program for five years and their relationship is strained from working two jobs.
9. Absolute Majority
Helga has had a stroke and her family fear the worst. Peter and Esther are worried about what will happen to DK if Helga passes away and begin to make secret arrangements.
Why do the names of people who write member reviews keep changing? I wrote a couple and if I come back a few weeks later, the name I used is completely different. For example, there are currently four reviews by "Gemini614." One of them is mine and this is the third name that's been used. I didn't choose any of them. So weird! I know this isn't a review and should be on a message board, but it's creepy.
Watched it all so obviously it held my interest. However, it strikes me that there was clearly a cultural and political agenda to the themes in the plot. All the men were flawed. All the women, with the possible exception of Ester, were written so as to sympathize with them and to be giddy for their courage and meteoric rise. Even the drug addled dillattente played by Heeda
I absolutely love The Restaurant! Brilliant acting and classic drama. Naturally I'm hoping for a season three and beyond. Sundance, bring it on.
Season Three is playing on SVT, a Swedish Channel, but there is no way to translate it. I wish there was a way to find out when it will come to Sundance!
I LOVED this series! Please, please bring another season! I’m going to miss all these people, and we LOVE Stockholm and Sweden.