The First and Oldest!
The L.T. Sue Co. Tea Room & Emporium is "The First and Oldest" located at number 1 China Alley in Hanford, California's China Alley Historic District.
In 2011, China Alley was listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as "One of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places." Proprietors Arianne Wing and Steve Banister were inspired by the designation, and in March 2012 opened the L.T. Sue Tea Room and Emporium as a means to help revitalize China Alley.
Steve and Arianne were born and raised in Hanford and have a tremendous fondness for what historic downtown has to offer. Arianne's origins come from a multigenerational family restaurant that survived for 123 years in China Alley and Steve's roots were cultivated from his father's 50 plus years in downtown retail.
The L.T. Sue Tea Room & Emporium serves as a catalyst business to bring vibrancy to China Alley and the area. In addition, 20% of the profits go towards helping preserve this truly American treasure.
One of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.