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New steakhouse planned at American Tobacco

Posted August 6, 2014

— Another restaurant is headed to the booming American Tobacco Campus dining scene. 

Scott Howell, the chef behind Durham favorite Nana's, announced Wednesday morning that he will be opening an Italian steakhouse in a new building next to the Durham Performing Arts Center. 

Nanasteak will be in the same building as the upcoming Aloft Downtown Durham hotel. The 4,600 square-foot restaurant is planning to open in spring 2015, coinciding with Aloft's opening. 

"American Tobacco Campus is the heart of downtown Durham. Its proximity to the DPAC and the ballpark puts us right in the middle of the best entertainment the Triangle has to offer," Howell said in a statement. "We're excited about what’s going on in the area and are thrilled to be part of the American Tobacco community. Truly, the space is amazing. The 25-foot high ceiling. The glass walls and drama of looking out over downtown and American Tobacco."

Nanasteak will feature seating for about 180 people between their inside and outdoor patio. Lunch and dinner offerings will include menu items prepared on a wood burning grill and a French rotisserie. The bar will house an extensive wine list and cocktails. 

This is Howell's fourth restaurant in the Triangle. In addition to Nana's, he also owns Nanataco and the upcoming Bar Virgile.

For Nanasteak, Howell has teamed up with longtime associates, brothers Brad and Graham Weddington, and operations manager Aubrey Zinaich-Howell. 

Capitol Broadcasting Company owns American Tobacco Campus and WRAL. CBC vice president of real estate, Michael Goodmon, said Nanasteak will help round out a vision for ATC to be the premiere place in the Triangle for dining. 

"American Tobacco’s goal is to be a peerless destination for top drawer entertainment and restaurant experiences,” Goodmon said in a statement. “The feast of sights here is unmatched. Our outdoor spaces are always humming. We’re bringing in a greater variety of price points and cuisine styles. As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, American Tobacco is more than ever the place to be – and Nanasteak is a great example of why.”

American Tobacco will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a block party on Sept. 7. From 1-5 p.m., the event will celebrate the old campus and its recent additions and offer tours of campus places not always available to visitors. 



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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 15, 2014

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    A vegan who apparently didn't understand people in this country STILL have the right to choose.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 15, 2014

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    Quantities of it do, sure. But eating it once a week surely doesn't, and few people eat out more than that nowadays cause only a few have the money to do so.

    And as long as we're given a choice, to beef or not, what's your problem???

    This IS still a free country - RIGHT, even our rights are deliberately being eroded as months go by.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 15, 2014

    This is one way to get free advertising.

  • Ginger Lynn Aug 15, 2014
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    How did the comments digress from a new restaurant in American Tobacco to a war on red meat?

  • Jim Frei Aug 15, 2014
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    That's the wittiest thing I've heard all week! I'm laughing to hard I'm crying.

  • Don Dickerson Aug 15, 2014
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    Why is this story always referenced in "More from WRAL.com" at the bottom of EVERY story? You guys own stock or something?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 11, 2014

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    Read my posts and show where I called for mandatory veggie-ism. :-)

    It's a fact that humans (me included, of course) don't like hearing that what they are doing could be wrong. So, there's no easy/nice way to get the message across and people will probably be touchy when enlightened with information contrary to their lifestyle and beliefs.

    So, do you want to talk about the actual facts that I presented?...that red meat consumption puts humans at a much greater risk of cancers, heart & other diseases?...or do you want to keep shooting the messenger?

  • btneast Aug 11, 2014

    I guess people don't get the message...or just don't care about their health? The point is one has a choice, and it's THEIRS to make , not yours. Nobody likes a food Nazi, or a smoking Nazi, etc. You turn off more people than you educate or convert by the way you deliver your message.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 7, 2014

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    Good point. That's why there are 80+ footnote references at the end of the article.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 7, 2014

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    Maybe. But, I've saved the lives of ~80 animals every year for 25 years....I've reduced the global warming impact by tons...I've saved hundreds of thousands of gallons of water...and I feel great and have a competitive edge of other people I workout with. And, you've got your burger. (shrug)