Here’s the Beef! Chef Scott Howell Brings Steakhouse to American Tobacco

NANASTEAK to Open in Spring Near DPAC & New Aloft Durham Downtown as Campus Restaurant Scene Grows    

(Durham) – August 6, 2014 -- Enjoying a steak dinner with a view is now on the menu at American Tobacco. The campus continues to expand its roster of restaurants with NANASTEAK, a new concept from acclaimed chef Scott Howell.

Located in a prime spot next door to the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Italian steakhouse will share the same sleek new building that hosts the coming Aloft Downtown Durham hotel. The opening of the approximately 4,600 sq ft restaurant is tentatively set for the spring of 2015, roughly coinciding with Aloft’s.

NANASTEAK is Howell’s fourth restaurant following Triangle favorites Nanas, Nanataco and the forthcoming Bar Virgil. Joining him in the new venture are longtime associates, brothers Brad and Graham Weddington, and operations manager Aubrey Zinaich-Howell. Highlights of the new eatery include:

  • An outdoor patio boasting heaping views of Durham’s most iconic features, including the Lucky Strike tower and the downtown skyline. Seating inside and outside will total around 180.  
  • A spacious bar offering adventurous cocktails and an extensive wine list.  
  • Lunch and dinner featuring delicacies from a wood burning grill and a French rotisserie.

“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,” says Howell. “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.”

Just as revved up is Michael Goodmon, vice president of real estate for Capitol Broadcasting Company (which owns ATC). NANASTEAK rounds out a vision for the campus as the Triangle’s premiere place to dine -- whether it’s for business lunches or nights on the town.

“American Tobacco’s goal is to be a peerless destination for top drawer entertainment and restaurant experiences,” Goodmon says. “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.”  

On September 7, American Tobacco officially toasts its tenth anniversary with a block party. More on the festivities here. For more, please contact or

About American Tobacco

American Tobacco offers one million square feet of premium office space in a historic factory setting bustling with restaurants and businesses. Featured in US News & World Report as the national model for urban revitalization, the campus serves as a bridge from Durham’s past as one of the Tobacco capitals of the world to its present and future as a knowledge, science and medical capital.

ATC’s owner Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV , WRAL Digital , WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM , WRAL-HD2 , WCMC-FM , WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace , CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, N.C.; WJZY-TV and WMYT-TV in Charlotte, N.C.; WILM-TV and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, N.C.; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, N.C.; and real estate interests. For more information, visit


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