JACKSONVILLE, FL – Food trucks and permanent restaurants in downtown Jacksonville have a history of disagreeing.

And now, all interested parties are invited to attend a meeting Wednesday at City Hall to continue the conversation.

Brick-and-mortar restaurants often complain about their mobile business rivals, saying food trucks aren’t fair and that they eat up the majority of their customer base.

But the food truck owners who spoke with News4Jax said the matter comes down to capitalism, free enterprise and some friendly competition.

“To do something that I love to do, and just to have the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity that’s here (is great),” said Gary Lathion, of Latin Soul Grill.

Added Larry Lawson, of Rite On Que, “Oh, we’re all just one big family. I mean, everybody helps out each other.”

Lathion and Lawson are just a couple of the many food truck owners and operators in Jacksonville. A food truck court sits downtown, in addition to trucks that park and offer their menus elsewhere in the city.

While many food truck owners said it’s like a family, they also hear the complaints from owners of established, permanent restaurants. City Council will hold the upcoming meeting with both sides.

Find the entire article at news4jax.com [here]