Chef Scott Howell’s Nanasteak opens Thursday night in Durham

Inside Nanasteak, the latest restaurant from chef Scott Howell and that opens Thursday in Durham.
Inside Nanasteak, the latest restaurant from chef Scott Howell and that opens Thursday in Durham. Aubrey Zinaich-Howell

Longtime Durham chef and restaurateur Scott Howell’s steakhouse, Nanasteak, opens Thursday at Durham’s American Tobacco Campus.

Howell is the longtime owner of Nana’s in Durham as well as Nanataco and Bar Virgile.

Nanasteak will occupy a 4,600-square-foot space in the same American Tobacco building as the Aloft hotel, which opened last summer. The space has 26-foot ceilings, glass walls and a view of the the Durham Performing Arts Center and downtown Durham. The steakhouse will have indoor and outdoor seating for 180 customers.

Nansteak will offer both choice-grade beef and pasture-raised, grain-finished beef from a farm near Charlotte. Some of the steaks will be cooked over mesquite charcoal and rested before being served. For those who want to pay a little more, the restaurant will offer its own aged prime rib.

Beyond steaks, the restaurant will offer pasta dishes, bouillabaisse, grilled tuna steak, salmon steak and swordfish, as well as the big bowl of mussels Howell was known for serving at Pop’s years ago. The restaurant kitchen also will have a French rotisserie, which will roast duck and chicken.

Nanasteak will have an extensive wine and cocktail list. The cocktail list will be overseen by Howell’s business partners, two longtime Nana’s employees and brothers Brad and Graham Weddington. The wine selection will be overseen by his wife, Aubrey Zinaich-Howell, who has worked in the wine business for years and selects wine for Nana’s and Bar Virgile as well. Tyler Vanderzee, a sous chef at Nana’s, is also a partner.

Info: 345 Blackwell St., Durham, 919-282-1183,, Hours: 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.

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