ATC Restaurant & Retail Re-Opening Plans

Nana Steak

Reopening August 26

Nana Steak now offers expanded outdoor patio dining and a contactless curbside pick-up.  Order for pick-up through Nana Steak and the Toast App. Their menu can also be found on the Nana Steak website.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday 6 pm-10 pm and Sunday 5 pm-9 pm. Questions? Please call 919-282-1183. (Phones go live at 2 pm daily.)

Bella Trio:

Reopening June 8 with the following precautions:

  • In order to keep you and our staff safe, we will be conducting contactless checkout and payment for your visit. Until further notice, we will not be accepting cash or check payments and prior to scheduling we will require a credit card securely stored on file to use for payment of services, products, and gratuity. If you do not wish to include gratuity on your credit card transaction, we suggest using Venmo.
  • The focus of our first four weeks will be accommodating as many guests as possible in a safe manner. Therefore, we will not offer one hour facial, one hour pedicure, or shampoo & style services. In addition, our stylists will temporarily complete your cut or color service without a blow-dry. Please discuss options for dry cutting or wet styling with your stylist. As a thank-you for understanding, color and highlight services will receive a complimentary deep conditioning treatment.
  • All guests and staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times. We ask that you bring your own covering. We will have disposable masks available if you are unable to provide your own.

Boricua Soul:

Currently Open

  • We feel it best to move our existing tables outside onto the patio to provide additional outdoor seating options. We plan on operating in this capacity through the remainder of the summer, weather permitting. 
  • We are waiting on the delivery of a pager system which will allow guests to adhere to social distancing guidelines while waiting for their meals. We plan to expand hours as demand picks up. 
  • We still ask that you place your orders online. We will no longer require pre-orders but encourage it. Placards will be placed outside the restaurant to help guide in the ordering process. 
  • We plan to at some point give customers the ability order on site. 
  • Curbside parking has moved off of Blackwell St. into the South Parking Deck at 705 Willard Street.

Mellow Mushroom:

Reopening June 1

  • Opening June 1 with 18 tables outside and 8 inside.


Reopening June 1

  • Moe’s will be opening 50% of our dining room on June 1st
  • We are currently still open for Takeout, Curbside, and delivery. We will keep Curbside execution even after dining rooms open.

Parker Paper Co:

Currently Open for Online Orders

Online ordering is now available with all items available for pickup at Parker and Otis (112 S Duke St, Durham).

Tobacco Road:

Reopening June 1

Government guidelines and common sense have guided the efforts we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our employees and guests:

  • We strongly encourage you to view our menu on your phone, we have QR codes available in the restaurant to make it easier to pull up the menu.
  • We understand some will still prefer a hard copy menu, so we also have single-use paper menus available.
  • Tables will not be pre-set with drink menus or condiments, these will be cleaned and brought to the table as needed and sanitized after each use.
  • We are closing half the tables in the restaurant to ensure guests can dine at least six feet apart.
  • We have outside seating available, also at least six feet apart.
  • Our entire staff is receiving new health department training, called Count on Me NC certification. You can read more about it here and even take a guest pledge.
  • For now, we will require our servers to wear masks during their work shift.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the restaurant.
  • Touchless bathroom door openers have been installed (using your foot to open the door).
  • Pens, check presenters and other high-use items materials are sanitized between use.
  • Employees complete a health screening every day to help ensure no one is working with any hint of illness (screening for symptoms as well as whether they have been in contact with anyone that has these symptoms).
  • Guests will enter through the main door and exit through our side door to reduce crowding in our lobby.
  • We use a text message system to notify you if your table is ready which allows you to wait outside or even in your car. No waiting in our lobby or common areas will be allowed.
  • We are following a rigorous master cleaning schedule of the entire restaurant, including restrooms.

Aloft Downtown Durham WXYZ Bar:

Reopening June 1

Aloft Durham Downtown is back in business with a side of social distance!  As of June 1st come and join us at the WXYZ Bar and Lounge opened daily from 5:00 pm to 11:00 PM.  We miss you and cannot wait to see you.

Coffee, Crepes, & Cocktails Coming to Campus!

Press, a coffee and crepe concept that catalyzed Downtown Graham, will open its second restaurant in American Tobacco’s Diamond View III this summer.

With a promise of “European Inspired, Carolina made,” the casual eatery will serve the campus’ 3,500 daily workers and more than 1.2 million annual visitors a menu of scratchmade, local breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner items seven days a week. The menu for their Graham location can be found here.

In addition to a full menu of both sweet and savory crepe options, Press aims to translate its status in Graham as a welcoming “third place” coffee shop that serves as a gathering spot outside of work and home for telecommuters, families, friends, and business meetings. 

Press joins a recent slate of American Tobacco news including the launch of a new website and visual identity as well as the recent opening of Boricua Soul and Parker Paper Co.

Press is completely renovating and remodeling the space formerly occupied by The Bullpen in Diamond View III (359 Blackwell St, Ste 135, Durham, NC 27701). Restaurant hours and exact opening date to be announced. 

Parker Paper Co. is NOW OPEN!

The shop is now open in American Tobacco’s Diamond View III!

Parker Paper Co. is a standalone extension of the popular retail shop within Parker & Otis’ acclaimed restaurant. 

Parker Paper Co. focuses on those items dedicated to the tactile experience of putting pen (or pencil) to paper as well as gifts and grab and go sandwiches from the restaurant’s beloved menu.

They will soon offer craft beer and wine to continue the tradition of Parker & Otis’ extensive and curated stock.

Stop on by today to grab a sandwich or some stationery! 

Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Monday through Friday

Junior League One of Three Winners of ATC’s Next Big Event Competition

Durham-Orange Counties Branch of the Junior League to Offer Community Health Fair in June

(Durham, NC) – January 28, 2020 – American Tobacco Campus (ATC) has announced the first winner of its Next Big Event competition. The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties will host its Community Health Fair at the historic and innovative campus on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

The fair will be free and open to the public with a focus on healthy living and include stations like hearing and vision checks, vaccinations, school sports physicals, fitness demonstrations, a blood drive, and more.

“The goal of the Community Health Fair is to utilize the dynamic space of the American Tobacco Campus to offer a fun and engaging event targeted to local children and their families,” says Rebecca Mason, Co-Chair, Junior League of Durham & Orange Counties Health Fair Committee. “We’re honored to have been picked for this amazing opportunity.”

In 2019, American Tobacco flipped the script and instead of programming all of their annual events for the million-plus visitors the campus sees each year, they allowed the community to propose events to host on campus.

More than twenty large community event submissions came in and three winners have been selected. The Community Health Fair is the campus’ first event to announce with others soon to follow.

“American Tobacco offers a one of a kind setting and platform to reach our entire community,” says Adam Klein, strategist, Capitol Broadcasting Company. “The Next Big Event competition represents one of the many new innovations we’re bringing to campus to start this exciting new decade.”

The winners of the next big event competition join American Tobacco’s recent announcement that Parker Paper Co. (a subsidiary of Parker & Otis) will open on campus in March 2020 and a new brand and web design for the historic campus.

Keep an eye on for more information about the Community Health Fair as well as future announcements, including additional Next Big Event winners.

About Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties
More than 500 members strong, the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop the potential of women, improve the community and promote volunteerism.

Durham Retail Favorite Expands to American Tobacco Campus

Parker & Otis’ Parker Paper to Open March 2020 with Stationary, Gifts, Grab & Go Food and Beverage

(Durham, N.C.) – January 16, 2020 – One of Durham’s most beloved institutions, Parker & Otis, is planting a permanent flag at American Tobacco Campus after participating in the historic district’s PopUp series back in August 2019.

As an extension of the popular retail shop within Parker & Otis’ famed restaurant, Parker Paper Co. will focus on those items dedicated to the tactile experience of putting pen (or pencil) to paper as well as gifts and grab and go sandwiches from the acclaimed restaurant’s beloved menu. They will also offer craft beer and wine to continue the tradition of Parker & Otis’ extensive and curated stock.

A photo of the pop-up store is ​here​. Photos of ATC are ​here​.

“I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to open our shop at American Tobacco,” says Jennings Brody, owner, Parker Paper Co. and Parker & Otis. “What a lovely place to work!”

Parker Paper Co. extends Parker & Otis’ retail offerings alongside sister stores Tiny and Chet Miller. The shop will be located in the Diamond View III building along Blackwell Street.

The shop also continues a new tradition of high performing PopUps opening permanent retail presences. Parker Paper Co. will join ATC’s expanded retail and restaurant offerings that includes fellow PopUp alum Boricua Soul which opened in fall 2019. This week, American Tobacco also launched a new website and brand identity for 2020 designed to showcase the history and legacy of the campus while also setting the stage for new announcements to come in this new decade.

“Parker Paper Co. and Boricua Soul are great examples of the trajectory we see American Tobacco taking in 2020 and beyond,” says Adam Klein, strategist, Capitol Broadcasting Company. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Jennings for a while and she’s one the best retailers in the Southeast. We couldn’t be more excited to have her sharing her knack for amazing stationary, gifts and food with ATC and beyond.’”

Parker Paper Co. will operate in 359 Blackwell Street in 625 sf of retail space. The shop will open in March 2020 with specific hours to be announced.

About Capitol Broadcasting

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) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Bull City Hospitality and Bull Durham Beer Co., and the American Underground startup hub in Durham, NC; Holly Springs Salamanders in Holly Springs, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, NC, and Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC; and Professional Builders Supply (an equity partnership) in Morrisville, NC.

Campus Cocktail Culture

While Nanasteak is justly renowned for its filets, rotisserie-roasted chicken, grilled fish and other mouthwatering entrees and appetizers, its libations are also worth a toast. The offerings include a robust wine list and a tantalizing line-up of cocktails. 

Nanasteak is particularly well-suited to sensational sipping.

“Our approach to wine and cocktails has always been to share with people great ingredients with a slight twist,” says Brad Weddington, who manages the restaurant’s handsome bar. “We find that it’s about taking what people like and enhancing their pallet.”

An example is the venerated Old Fashioned. “We get a lot of love for that drink,” says dining room manager Graham Weddington. “We perfected the recipe.” And in a rave review, one of the region’s most influential restaurant critics reported enjoying a “20-year-old tawny port.”

To find the right refreshment match for each customer, the brothers are always happy to talk through the options. “There are a lot of different types of wines and beverages and sometimes it can be intimidating,” says Brad. “It’s about getting people what they like.” 

Nanasteak is particularly well-suited to sensational sipping. Founded by James Beard Award-nominated chef Scott Howell, the elegant eatery nestles at the nexus of the bustling Durham Performing Arts Center and Aloft Hotel, popular with business and pleasure travelers. In other words, Nanasteak serves up delights at the crossroads of culture — cocktail and otherwise. Cheers. 

Boricua Soul Brings “New Ideas and New Flavors” for Durham

Boricua Soul, one of the first businesses to occupy American Tobacco’s popular PopUp @ ATC space, opened its first brick and mortar location in the American Tobacco Campus’ Crowe Building in November. 

Tastemakers Toriano and Serena Fredericks — who, previous to their pop-up experience, ran Boricua Soul as a much-in-demand food truck — created a restaurant and event space as unique as their southern soul, Carribean flair, Euro-African roots cuisine.

In addition to lunch and dinner fare, the space will also serve as a gathering spot for Durham’s acclaimed creative class with regular live music, poetry and other events scheduled both in the restaurant and into the campus’ Down Under thanks to floor to ceiling windows that turn this restaurant into an indoor-outdoor hot spot. 

Says Serena, “With a comfortable space designed to share delicious food amongst family and friends while you experience live performances in a world-class setting like the campus, I believe we’re creating a restaurant that will become a home for repeat customers.”

Boricua Soul is open in the Crowe Lobby Monday through Saturday – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Burt’s Bees ATC Cabin

Near the source of the Old Bull River sits a seemingly inexplicable small cedar shake cabin among the renovated American Tobacco Campus.

On closer inspection, a visitor quickly learns that this is no ordinary cabin, but rather a historic monument to the creator of one of America’s greatest brands.

The cabin of Burt’s Bees founder Burt Shavitz, relocated from his beloved Maine, marks the entrance to the global headquarters of the company he co-founded, Burt’s Bees.

Burt’s Bees employees operate the beloved natural personal care brand as well as conduct research and development for new products in their historic, refurbished office and lab space that has become a model on campus and beyond for office design.

And, recently, the company’s parent, Clorox, doubled down on its investment in Durham by creating a hub for its global IT operations on the campus. In fact, since its acquisition by Clorox, the number of Durham employees has grown six-fold in the past three years with plans to add even more.

So, the next time you grab your lip balm or give your baby a bath, know there is an ace team committed to the brand promise of founder Burt Shavitz right in the heart of the Bull City.

Gourmet — and flavored — cotton candy comes to Durham’s American Tobacco Campus

“Talking to Jackie Morin, owner of gourmet cotton candy company Wonderpuff, you might get a contact sugar high, even over the phone.

Wonderpuff is the September tenant of the American Tobacco Campus’ pop-up space on Blackwell Street, a residency for small businesses who want to give it a go at a brick and mortar store.

Wonderpuff deals in sugar highs, but this isn’t the cotton candy you’ll find at the fair. Morin said Wonderpuff’s creations are made from scratch, all organic and vegan. The flavors are derived from extracts and sugar she creates with her husband Rem.”

Read more in the News & Observer.


Site Selectors Survey

North Carolina ranks among the top five states for business, according to the results of a new survey published in the January edition of Site Selection magazine.

Site selection consultants put the Tar Heel State at No. 4, while corporate real estate executives ranked the state in a three-way tie for second.

Here are the consultants’ rankings:

  1. Texas
  2. South Carolina
  3. Georgia
  4. North Carolina
  5. Tennessee
  6. Florida
  7. Indiana
  8. Virginia
  9. Arizona

And the corporate real estate executives’ rankings:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida (tied for second)
  3. Georgia (tied for second)
  4. North Carolina (tied for second)
  5. South Carolina
  6. Tennessee
  7. Indiana

However, consultants and exeuctives had different priorities when asked what are the most important factors in determining whether a state is good for business.

  1. Consultants’ rankings:
  2. Taxes
  3. Incentives
  4. Infrastructure
  5. Regulatory environment
  6. Quality education system

WorkforceCorporate real estate executives’ rankings:

  1. Workforce
  2. Taxes
  3. Transportation infrastructure
  4. Utility infrastructure
  5. Land and building prices and supply
  6. Ease of permitting and regulatory procedures

Read the entire survey published in the January edition of Site Selection magazine.