The building going up in Bowen Park on Lake Burley Griffin's East Basin in Barton is a new cafe due to open in early November.
It will be a Greek street food set-up with coffee and cake, open seven days a week, and called Cafe Greek Street.
The opening will be the end of a five-year battle by John Gerakiteys to operate a cafe on the site, which has a lot of history as the original home of the little red Brodburger's van.
In any case, the National Capital Authority has granted approval for the new cafe and the ACT government has given Mr Gerakiteys a 10-year licence, according to a Transport Canberra and City Services spokesperson.
"The business has been granted a 10-year licence to operate the kiosk which will bring added life to the area," they said.
"The ACT Government and NCA worked with the proponent to ensure the temporary structure fits in well with the surrounding landscape.
"There's also various conditions such as a requirement to maintain the area, including tables and chairs in the area."
Mr Gerakiteys, 75, used to have the coffee cart near the Carillon before he sold it to a friend.
He became interested in the Bowen Park site during the infamous stoush between Brodburger and the NCA in 2009-10.
The authority at the time objected to the then Brodburger van operating in Bowen Park.
The NCA considered a proposal for Brodburger to work from a purpose-built kiosk because the van did not comply with the aesthetic demands of the National Capital Plan.
However that proposal was not approved and in the end the Brodburger owners moved the business down the road, to its current Glassworks location.
In 2014, Mr Gerakiteys asked that he instead have permission to build the kiosk, hoping it would be a swift process. That was not the case, due to a lot of red tape and the need to get in services, he said.
Mr Gerakiteys is now excited to almost be at the finish line.
"I'm starting to feel relieved," he said, on Friday. "It's been a long process."
Mr Gerakiteys says he will be the face of the operation but have chefs working for him. He expects the cafe will be open from 6am to 9.30pm seven days a week.
He says there will be a deck which will be able to accommodate 40 people.
The cafe is now under construction, funded by Mr Gerakiteys.
"I'm building it myself, all at my expense. It's not costing the government a cent," he said.
City Services says "the proponent also pays an annual licence fee".
Mr Gerakiteys says he expects to open "very early November".