Around the end of one year and the start of another, most food blogs focus on two types of posts: the best things of the previous year and what will maybe be the biggest news of the next year (i.e. fortune-telling). Most food writers have probably missed the soon-to-be-biggest trend of 2014 though: potatoes.
Phil Romano, the businessman behind the restaurant development at Trinity Grove, has announced his own restaurant to go up on the other side of the bridge. Potato Flats will join Romano's other restaurants, Romano's Macaroni Grill and eatZi's Market & Bakery, and as you can probably guess will focus exclusively on spuds.
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Potato Flats will have a Chipotle-esque assembly line, where customers select topping for baked potatoes that have been smooshed down to about an inch high. So if you like chili piled with chopped broccoli and all served on an edible, starchy platter, Potato Flats has you covered.
According to the Dallas Business Journal, Romano plans to begin construction in the next two to three weeks, and will have the Build-a-Baked-Potato Workshop open within three months. His aspirations for the restaurant include expanding it to food courts and airports, following the trail blazed by Panda Express and Sbarro's.
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