Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Build-your-own potato bar coming to West Dallas
Potato Flats is one of two concepts restauranteur Phil Romano will open in Trinity Groves.
WEST DALLAS Continuing the booming build-out of West Dallas neighborhood Trinity Groves, restaurateur Phil Romano has plans for an original concept called Potato Flats, one of two restaurants he wants to open there by the end of spring.
Romano’s idea for Potato Flats is similar to a build-your-own deli or burrito bar, where baked potatoes serve as the base instead of bread or a tortilla. Customers load their spud “Chipotle-style — like an open-faced sandwich,” he told Pegasus News reporter Sarah Blaskovich in September 2013.
Patrons can load their potato with grilled, stir-fried or raw veggies, and proteins such as chicken, brisket, turkey or beef, according to a spokeswoman. Potato Flats will also have Indian and Italian varieties, she said, as well as Thanksgiving Every Day, which comes with turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce.
There's also talk of a to-be-determined dessert potato.
Potato Flats bears a sharp contrast to its neighbors so far in Trinity Groves: It's grab and go. The overwhelming majority of businesses in the 15-acre incubator project are dine-in lunch and dinner restaurants. Romano said he hopes Potato Flats would someday be a match for schools, airports and food courts, according to The Dallas Business Journal. He's had a history of founding restaurants that became chains, including Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Fuddruckers and Rudy's.
Romano told Pegasus News in August that he hopes to expand the Saint Rocco's brand, too.
Trinity Groves is located in West Dallas at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Romano and a group of investors have dubbed the area a "restaurant incubator" because they offer local entrepreneurs the low-risk opportunity to start a food-based business, while the backers retain a percentage of the company. In 2013, nearly 10 restaurants opened in the neighborhood, including craft beer-inspired restaurant called LUCK and a permanent pop-up called Kitchen LTO. See the latest list of restaurants in Trinity Groves here.
Sarah Blaskovich contributed to this report.
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