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Enjoy Greek cuisine and a historical talk at the iconic Niagara Cafe in NSW

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Gundagai’s famous Niagara Café has undergone a superb restoration of its classic American Art Deco features, bringing the enterprise brilliantly back to its former awe-inspiring wonder and delight in the 21st century, and winning a NSW Heritage Award in the process.

In celebration, its new custodians, Luke Walton and Kym Fraser, have organised two special events featuring chef David Tsirekas and Greek café historians Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski.

The events are a Greek Street Food event on Friday, February 23 and a Greek Feast on Saturday, February 24.

David Tsirekas.
Chef David Tsirekas. Photo: Effy Alexakis,

Alexakis and Janiszewski will provide a casual historical introduction during the first event and a detailed formal talk during the second.

Historically, Greek-run cafes offered a new world of visual and food delight to British Australians with a taste of the American Dream – the fantasy of a lifestyle that was better, richer, fuller. These enterprises are now well-recognised as seminal to understanding the development of Australia’s popular culture during the 20th century.

Effy and Leonard.
Effy Alexakis & Leonard Janiszewski. Photo: Effy Alexakis.

The proposed Niagara Cafe events will highlight this significance, combining food, nostalgic architectural Art Deco style, and historical insights at arguably Australia’s premier original Greek cafe, meticulously refurbished to capture the grandeur of a time when Australia was Greek Cafe dreaming.


The Niagara’s Special Events are part of the Greek Festival of Sydney.

Event Details:

  • Event 1, Street Food: Friday 23 February commencing at 6pm – open to all.
  • Event 2, Greek Feast: Saturday 24 February commencing at 6pm (2 seating sessions: 5.30pm – 7.30pm, 8.00pm– 10.00pm); booking are essential: (02) 9060 5733 or via bookings@niagaracafe.com.au
  • Venue: Niagara Café, 142 Sheridan Street, Gundagai, NSW.

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