New Restaurant Opens in Tea Gardens to the Sound of Drums and Dancing Lions

Jenny and Ly, new owners of the Garden Eatery.


TEA Gardens had a reason to celebrate on Friday night with the opening of a new restaurant, The Garden Eatery.

Jenny and Ly, the proud owners felt the only way to begin their venture was with the inclusion of Chinese tradition in the celebration.

Locals were treated to the spectacular sight and sounds of the lion dance.

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In Chinese culture the lion dance is used to chase away evil spirits and represents wealth, prosperity and good luck.

The two lions, along with their dancers and a host of drummers delighted with their antics.

After dinner the performers went on to show off their martial skills.

The lions and performers came from the Dong Thanh Alliance Martial Arts school in Sydney specifically for the opening.

Whilst the noise and pageantry of the opening was a reason to pay attention so is the passion of Jenny and Ly for food and for Tea Gardens.

“We love the area, Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, the local community here are so warm and lovely,” Jenny said.

“The green leaf on our logo represents new beginnings and growth.

“We hope The Garden Eatery will continue to grow and become part of the local community.”

Ly and Jenny have been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years.

This includes time spent in some of the most prestigious kitchens, including the Hilton Sydney and the Four Seasons Sydney & Hong Kong.

Jenny’s father was also a local restaurateur having run Billabongs in East Maitland for 25 years.

The Garden Eatery is a blend of new and old, east and west, land and water- and truly has something for everyone.




Lion dancers and drummers from Dong Thanh Alliance martial arts studio.

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