JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Locally-based food truck Five Loaves Two Fish plans to open a brick and mortar restaurant later this year.
The restaurant will open inside of the Ameris Bank Tower, located on Jacksonville’s Southbank. It will keep the Five Loaves Two Fish name.
"I am just looking for opportunities to grow my business,” says Five Loaves Two Fish owner Toben Stubee. “I was telling myself I would never get back into a restaurant… but a food truck has its limitations.”
Stubee plans to keep operating the mobile kitchen. He says the restaurant will allow more flexibility with the truck including using staff from the restaurant to operate the mobile kitchen.
“When I started the food truck, it was always viewed as a stepping stone.”
Five Loaves Two Fish currently operates outside of Ameris Bank Tower on a regular basis. Stubee says the area inside the tower works for him because it used to host a restaurant. It will seat 174 and expects to open in late October. After the initial opening, the Five Loaves Two Fish will only serve breakfast and lunch. Eventually, Stubee wants to serve dinner.
Five Loaves Two Fish isn’t the only food truck with moving plans. The Happy Grilled Cheese food truck announced plans to open a restaurant. Jacksonville currently has 68 mobile kitchens with permits according to the Duval County Tax Collector’s Office.
Stubee says he restaurant will be a welcomed challenge.
“Cooking is the easy part. It just comes second nature.”