ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

A dispute between a Downtown restaurant and one of its mobile competitors has made its way to City Hall.

On Thursday, a working group discussed how municipal code applies to local food trucks -- more specifically, where mobile vendors can do business.

Brown Bag Sandwich Co. owners Antoine and Brynn McLeod are upset that John D'Elia, owner of the Urban Bamboo food truck, has been parking his food truck outside the Avenue Bar on weekend nights. They claim he is violating municipal code by parking in a public area to operate his business.

“According to Title 24, you have to obtain a permit to operate out of a public space -- however, if you talk to the Municipality, no such permit exists,” said Brynn McLeod. “That's why there aren't any food trucks downtown: it's impossible, you can't do it legally -- otherwise everybody would be doing it.”

D'Elia said on Thursday that he’s catering for the Avenue Bar and is legally operating there with a catering license. The municipality would not state whether Urban Bamboo is in violation of municipal code by parking at a metered spot outside the bar.

Title 10 of municipal code addresses “roving vendors” -- a term which city officials at the work session say needs to be more clearly defined. They note that regulations are vague for this new and growing industry.

"I think that Title 10 needs to specifically address not just non-food roving vendors, but also food roving vendors -- and then create more specific parameters, because right now that is a gray area," McLeod said.

Food truck vendors including Richard Geiger, owner of Wheel Good Food, also attended the work session. Geiger says he would like to see a broader area for food trucks to operate, and that they don’t have the upper hand when it comes to competition.

“I think people have this misconception that food trucks are really cheap and it's really a real big competitive advantage, but we definitely have a lot of money and resources tied up,” Geiger said.

The working group plans to meet again soon to address potential "quick fixes," to clarify how municipal code applies to the food truck industry.