Mandalay Bus open again in Braddon
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Mandalay Bus open again in Braddon

The yellow double-decker Mandalay Bus is once again serving up the food at the end of Lonsdale Street near Haig Park in Braddon.

The Canberra icon re-opened for business on December 30, the opening a double celebration - it also marked the 90th birthday of its founder George Thaung.

Chris Baxter enjoys a meal from Andrew Hollands and Stewart Thaung, owners of the Mandalay Bus.

Chris Baxter enjoys a meal from Andrew Hollands and Stewart Thaung, owners of the Mandalay Bus.Credit:Melissa Adams

The bus is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm.

One of the business’ co-owners Andrew Hollands - the man also behind restaurants Ellacure and Soju Girl - said the bus usually served food until 1.30am or 2am. The best way to keep on top of closing times and specials was via Facebook (The Mandalay Bus).

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‘‘We opened for Summernats and that was great and busy. It’s just people getting to know about it,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of old-school people have also come out of the woodwork telling stories about the bus back in the day.’’

The team is often asked ‘‘what’s upstairs’’ in the bus and the answer is storage. But George Thaung this week reckoned at least one table must be put up there ‘‘just in case the prime minister or governor-general drops by’’. And they just might.

The bus is serving up an international menu from coconut chicken noodles to prawn twisters to bacon and cheese pies to beef nachos.

Megan Doherty is a reporter for The Canberra Times

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