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).
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 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 5 years and longer:
HOWARD, DAVID - President NDG
GRIMES, TRAVIS - Executive Chef Husk Charleston
HENDERSON, MATTHEW - Server McCrady’s
BROCK, SEAN - Chef/Partner NDG
HOWARD, BRITTANY — General Manager Minero Atlanta
CHAPMAN, CHRISTIAN — General Manager Husk Savannah
CUNNINGHAM, KRISTIN — Executive Coordinator NDG
PARKER, MATTHEW — Server Husk Charleston
BRESNAHAN, JENNIFER — General Manager Husk Charleston
CHERRY, JUSTIN — Sous Chef Husk Charleston
FLOWERS, MINDY — Server Husk Charleston
FRANKLIN, BRIAN — Server Husk Charleston
GRUBBS, WESLEY — Chef de Cuisine Minero Charleston
KURZEN, JON — Chef de Cuisine Husk Charleston
KYNOSKI, ZACH — Manager Husk Charleston
MART, TANYA — Server Husk Charleston
SLEASMAN, JOHN — Chef de Cuisine McCrady’s
TISDALE, KENT — Server Husk Charleston
ARMOUR, TRAVIS - Manager Husk Greenville
HENNESSY, MICHAEL – Server McCrady’s
MUZIKA, SHELLY - Server McCrady's Tavern
PACHUCA, VERONICA - Kitchen Minero Charleston
RICHARDSON, WILL - Server Husk Charleston
WOOD, ASHLEY – HR Director NDG
LYONS, KENNY – Director of Hospitality and Performance
BALL, RACHEL – Server McCrady’s Tavern
COSS, KATIE – Executive Sous Chef Husk Nashville
COZART, BRYAN – Server Assistant Husk Charleston
DEWEESE, RANDY – Server Husk Charleston
HINSON, TALMAGE – Server Husk Charleston
LEONARD, NATE – Chef de Cuisine Husk Nashville
NOCE, NICHOLAS – Server Husk Charleston
SCHOOLFIELD, CHRISTOPHER – Server Husk Charleston
SIMKO, JUSTIN – Bar Manager Husk Charleston