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Potato Flats, a Restaurant Devoted Entirely to the Baked Potato, Opens Today in Dallas

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The next addition to Trinity Groves opens today, and I'm going to log it as the least likely restaurant in the group to serve as a pre-prom dinner locale. Potato Flats offerspotatoes baked until they're soft and fluffy, topped with your choice of just about everything that's been put on a potato until this point in history.

There are chef-driven potato recipes, like the Thanksgiving Everyday, which tops your spud with sliced turkey, gravy, roasted carrots, peas, corn and cranberry relish. Or maybe you'd be more interested in the Italiano, which makes use of Italian sausage, Alfredo sauce, roasted carrots, peas, diced tomato, bacon and snipped chives.

Sound heavy? It is.

Potato flats promises to drop a high calorie, high-carbohydrate bomb on West Dallas, just as other restaurants around Dallas (Start, Lyfe) demonstrate demand for more thoughtful eating. But Phil Romano, who owns the Trinity Groves complex and a slice of every business in it, seems confident Potato Flats will be scalable.

"My hope is to eventually have it become a multiple chain and expand it into schools, airports and food courts," Romano says.

And who knows? The Hot Mess at Pecan Lodge is one of the most popular dishes, so it's certainly a possibility. Gimme an Idaho topped with cheddar cheese, broccoli and sour cream,please. OK, yes, bacon, too.

Potato Flats, 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 119, (469) 518-9224.

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