A native of Asheville with a deep, family based love of food, Howell’s dishes are sublime yet simple. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he brought his curiosity, energy and his genteel manners to the New York culinary world. Upon graduation from the CIA he did his internship at such notable restaurants as Jam’s and Arcadia. In addition to Bar Virgile, he is the owner and executive chef of Nana's, NanaTaco, and NanaSteak.
Sartain has worked in restaurants in the Triangle for the past 20+ years. His passion for food, wine and service began at Magnolia Grill. He has managed and built wine programs at several notable restaurants, most recently, Nana's. Sartain was eager to partner with Scott & Aubrey to create Bar Virgile and acts as the general manager. His passion for cocktails and bar culture is contagious.
Aubrey Zinaich- Howell is a partner in Bar Virgile and the COO of the Nana's family of restaurants. She is a Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine (CS & CSW), and enjoys researching interesting wines & sherry selections for Bar Virgile. Her years of front of the house management in reputable Triangle restaurants gives her a unique and extraordinary perspective on guest experience, quality control and and community relations.