The Neighborhood Dining Group (NDG) and President David Howard operate and manage restaurants throughout the Southeast. NDG oversees every aspect of concept development, people, culture, and daily operations.
NDG’s restaurant portfolio includes Husk (Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; and coming soon in 2017 Greenville, SC, and Savannah, GA), McCrady’s and McCrady’s Tavern (Charleston, SC), Minero (Charleston, SC, and Atlanta, GA), and Chicago’s Restaurant (Roswell, GA).
With James Beard award-winning Executive Chef Sean Brock at its culinary helm, NDG has been fortunate to gain many accolades, including Bon Appétit “2011 Best New Restaurant in America” for Husk Charleston, one of GQ’s “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of the Year” and an Esquire “Best New Restaurant in America” in 2014 for Husk Nashville, and McCrady’s named one of “America’s Best Restaurants of 2016” in Wine Enthusiast.
“The strength of our company comes from our fine staff of over 500 talented individuals who inspire me on a daily basis. They are loyal, professional, long-serving, enthusiastic, and hardworking/
“Through expansion, we have not only been able to create jobs in our restaurants, but positively impact the communities where we operate. This is important to me “ we are not just opening restaurants.”
- David Howard, President and Owner of the Neighborhood Dining Group
It’s easy to understand why David Howard—who was born in the same home as Admiral Lord Nelson in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England—has a thirst for travel and adventure. Hospitality industry veteran and chef by trade, Howard developed a strong reputation for his work ethic and his career-long commitment to strive to be the best in all aspects of his restaurants.
His cooking interest began early. At 8 years old, he had already announced his intention to be a chef and frequently locked himself in the kitchen at the family farm in rural England to bake cookies. At 16, Howard followed his creativity and passion for cooking to culinary school. Upon graduation, he received an invitation to serve his culinary apprenticeship at the world-renowned Claridge's of London. He then lived and worked in Genève, Switzerland, Copenhagen, Denmark, Dublin, Ireland, and Bermuda before fulfilling his dream and immigrating to the USA, “the land of opportunity,” in 1972.
Once in the United States, Howard worked in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, New Jersey, and South Carolina. Then in 1991, he opened his first restaurant, Chicago’s Steak and Seafood, in Roswell, GA—now celebrating its 25th year of operation.
In 2001 Howard founded a restaurant management company (NDG) to oversee the growth of additional business opportunities in Charleston, SC, and partnered with a group of local investors. That successful partnership has blossomed into multiple restaurants in three states throughout the South with expansion coming in 2017.