The Neighborhood Dining Group (NDG) and President David Howard, a James Beard semifinalist for Best Restaurateur operates and manages restaurants throughout the Southeast. NDG oversees every aspect of concept development, construction, culture, people, and daily operations.

NDG’s restaurant portfolio includes Husk (Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Greenville, SC, and Savannah, GA), McCrady’s and McCrady’s Tavern (Charleston, SC), and Minero (Charleston, SC, and Atlanta, GA).

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 550 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 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.

In 2001 Howard founded a restaurant management company Neighborhood Dining Group (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.



The Neighborhood Dining Group’s success hinges on the dedication of our professionals. We would like to highlight the continued service of some of our longtime employees that have been with us for 3 years and longer:

27 years
David Howard - President - NDG

15 years
Matthew Henderson - Server - McCrady’s
Travis Grimes - Executive Chef - Husk Charleston

12 years
Brittany Link — General Manager - Minero Atlanta

9 Years
Matthew Parker — Server - Husk Charleston

8 years
Alexis Howard - Bartender - Minero Charleston

7 years
Brian Franklin — Server - Husk Charleston
Jennifer Bresnahan — General Manager - Husk Charleston
Jonathan Kurzen — Sous Chef - Husk Greenville
Kent Tisdale — Server - Husk Charleston
Mindy Flowers — Server - Husk Charleston
Tonya Mart — Server - Husk Charleston
Travis Armour - Manager - Husk Greenville
Veronica Pachuca - Kitchen - Minero Charleston
Wesley Grubbs — Executive Chef - Minero Charleston
Will Richardson - Server - Husk Charleston
Zachary Kynoski — Manager - Husk Charleston

6 years
Christopher Schoolfield – Server - Husk Charleston
Justin Simko – Bar Manager - Husk Charleston
Katie Coss – Executive Chef - Husk Nashville
Michael Hennessy – Server - McCrady’s
Shelly Muzika - Server - McCrady's
Talmage Hinson – Server - Husk Charleston

5 years
Alexander Hoeg - Sous Chef - Husk Charleston
Ashley Wood – HR Director - NDG
Beth Owens - Server - Husk Nashville
David Jensen - Sous Chef - McCrady's
Jessica Backhus - Sommelier/Manager - Husk Savannah
Jon Buck- Executive Chef - Husk Greenville
Kenny Lyons – Vice President of Operations - NDG
Meagan Briggs - Server - Husk Nashville
Nicholas Noce – Server - Husk Charleston
Rachel Ball – Server - McCrady’s
Randy Deweese – Server - Husk Charleston
Richard Brown - Kitchen - Husk Charleston

4 years
Eric Fast - Manager - Husk Charleston
Ian Miller - Sous Chef - McCrady's
Kenneth Dedmon - Bartender - Husk Nashville
Kevin King - Bar Manager - Husk Savannah
Meg Grimes - Administrator - Husk Charleston
Nicolette Anctil - Sommelier/Manager - Husk Nashville
Raymond Bracchitta - Front of House Support - Husk Nashville
Teri Carter - Sous Chef - Husk Charleston
Tyler Hochsprung - Server - Husk Charleston

3 years
Adam Morgan - Bar Manager - Husk Nashville
Amie Hartley-Leonard - Administrator - Husk Nashville
Brenda Morales - Bartender - Husk Charleston
Claudi Murphy - Kitchen - Minero Charleston
Daniel Brinkman - Server Assistant - Minero Charleston
Daniel De Leon - Server - Husk Charleston
Daniel Urbanik - Sous Chef - McCrady's
Davis Reese - Sous Chef - Husk Nashville
Elizabeth Estochen - Server - Minero Charleston
Jason Syfrett - Bartender - Husk Charleston
Jordan Dallman - Server Assistant - Husk Nashville
Kaley Cournoyer - Host - Minero Charleston
Katherine Bostick - Server - Minero Charleston
Katy Keefe - Pastry Chef - McCrady's
Mariya Davis - Server Assistant - Husk Charleston
Matt Nelling - Sommelier/Manager - Husk Charleston
Max Gelfond - Server - Husk Savannah
Melodye Bostick - Server Assistant - Husk Charleston
Molly Shea - Host - Minero Charleston
Nicholas Hood - Manager - Husk Nashville
Pam Berry - General Manager - Minero Charleston
Porter Allison - Manager - Husk Nashville
Rob Williams - Manager - Minero Charleston
Rory O'Connell - General Manager - Husk Nashville
Ruth Marrero - Kitchen - Husk Nashville
Sarah Elzinga - Server - Minero Charleston
Teikel Stafford - Sous Chef - Minero Charleston

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