Ryan Nelson's Comeback

Seafood master and former head chef of the Oceanaire, Ryan Nelson is stepping up the dining ladder to open his own neighborly signature restaurant (with a working title of Northstar) at 8605 River Crossing Boulevard. Several staff members have been hired, and Nelson’s team is making the final logistical touches before the big Oct. 1 reveal.
Expect a “brick and wood” design and home-cooked comfort. “I want to apply fine dining techniques in a comfortable, casual setting,” says Nelson. Rustic, seasonal, and all-American foods such as braised short ribs, handmade pastas, and whole fish are the forte of the restaurant, a sampling of Nelson’s personal favorites.