Potato Flats closed Saturday, July 11.

Potato Flats closed Saturday, July 11.

Jerry McClure

Restaurateur Phil Romano had said for years that he'd close any restaurant in Trinity Groves that wasn't successful. (He did that with the closure of DiDi's Tamale Diner, the first Trinity Groves restaurant that didn't pass muster.) His own concept, Potato Flats, marks the second.

Potato Flats closed Saturday.

Here's the potato smasher at Potato Flats.

Here's the potato smasher at Potato Flats.

Jerry McClure

The fast-casual restaurant was a build-your-own potato place. The line started with a flattened regular potato or sweet potato, then diners would point to the ingredients they wanted on their spud. They could also pick from a menu, which included toppings like the Thanksgiving Everyday: a potato with turkey, gravy, cranberry relish and sweet potato confetti. 

Potato Flats was located on the back side of Trinity Groves, not visible from the street, and didn't see regular foot traffic.

Romano, who created Potato Flats, started Macaroni Grill, Eatzi's and Fuddruckers, among others.

A spokeswoman for Trinity Groves says Potato Flats has a "goal of opening new Potato Flats restaurants in DFW or elsewhere in 2016." No word yet on what will move into the Potato Flats space.

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