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The Hamlet launches with food vans in Braddon

The benches outside BrodDogs proved popular on Wednesday, as the food vans started opening at The Hamlet in Braddon.

Property developer Nik Bulum, who owns The Hamlet site on Lonsdale Street, said the food vans would be joined later by an art gallery.

"We're trying to create a modern village," he said. "We'll be having night markets and day markets and music."

Galleries where local artists created on the spot were also planned, Mr Bulum said.

"You can also call shot gun to eat in the front seat of one of the vans."

There would be a rickshaw giving food tours around Braddon and a number of other undisclosed quirks were in the works, he said.

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One food van that has already proven popular is the red BrodDogs caravan, which serves  gourmet hot dogs.

Two other food vans are set to open in the coming days. One, Chasing Mr Morris, will serve coffee and freshly made doughnuts.

Nam Do and Olivia Phengrasmy, of Nookie Espresso Bar, started the van with business partner Andrew Stamiris. 

"We're absolutely excited," Mr Do said.

The second van, Mr Papa, will serve Peruvian street food. Owner Carlos Ramirez described the food as "Inca and contemporary fusion".

"It's a passion," he said. "My family owns a big catering business in Peru."

Mr Papa might be familiar to some as a pop-up stall at markets around Canberra.

Also opening is The Spit Shack, serving roast pork and lamb from the spit.

"I love the village concept," owner Chris Spelic said. "We will be serving two-foot-long rolls."

The Hamlet's outdoor benches were filled with a small crowd on Wednesday. 

"It's great to have another lunch option," one BrodDogs customer said.

Mr Bulum has a number of plans for the precinct.

"A German van and a free-range van are also planned to come onsite soon," he said.

There would also be a farmer selling fresh produce from a black shipping container currently sitting empty on site.

A launch party is scheduled for The Hamlet in January, when the artist spaces will be completed.

The Hamlet would be open for about three years before the building was redeveloped, Mr Bulum said.