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; and Savannah, GA), Minero (Atlanta, GA), and Delaney Oyster House (Charleston, SC).

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” by 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 2 years and longer:

30 years
David Howard - President - NDG

18 years
Travis Grimes - Executive Chef - Husk Charleston

15 years
Brittany Link - Human Resources Specialist - NDG

13 Years
Matthew Parker - Server - Husk Charleston

11 Years
Brian Franklin - Server - Husk Charleston
Zachary Kynoski - Manager - Husk Charleston

9 years
Christopher Schoolfield - Server - Husk Charleston
Justin Simko - Bartender - Husk Charleston
Randy DeWeese - Server - Husk Charleston
Talmage Hinson - Server - Husk Charleston

8 years
Ashley Wood - Director of Human Resources - NDG
Alexander Hoeg - Executive Sous Chef - Husk Charleston
Eric Fast - Manager - Husk Charleston
Kenny Lyons - Vice President of Operations - NDG
Nicholas Noce - Server - Husk Charleston

7 years
Adam Morgan - Bartender - Husk Nashville
Kenneth Dedmon - Bartender - Husk Nashville
Kevin King - General Manager - Husk Charleston
Jason Syfrett - Bartender - Husk Charleston
Teikel Stafford - Executive Sous Chef - Delaney Oyster House
Brenda Morales - Bartender - Husk Charleston

6 years
Adelina Sanchez Perez - Kitchen - Minero Atlanta
Amie Hartley-Leonard - Administrator - Husk Nashville
Bryan O'Kelly - Chef de Cuisine - Husk Nashville
Candelaria Bibiano - Kitchen - Minero Atlanta
Katy Powers - Culinary Liaison - NDG
Michael Greene - Kitchen - Minero Atlanta
Rory O'Connell - General Manager - Husk Nashville

5 years
Alec Feldman - Kitchen - Minero Atlanta
Angela Bonura - Server - Minero Atlanta
Chelsey Espinera - General Manager - Delaney Oyster House
Kevin Gregory - Server - Husk Charleston
Miranda Burke - Bartender - Minero Atlanta
Orlan Rose - Server - Minero Atlanta

4 years
Alexandria Rogers - General Mananger - Minero Atlanta
Chase Elliott - Corporate Controller - NDG
Christopher Hathcock - Executive Chef - Husk Savannah
Gerardo Olague - Server - Minero Atlanta
Hannah Moffitt - Human Resources Assistant - NDG
Heather Rivas - General Manager - Husk Savannah
Katrina Martinez - Manager - Husk Nashville
Regan Cannon - Manager - Husk Savannah
Shamil Velazquez - Executive Chef - Delaney Oyster House

3 years
Alan Laguna - Executive Sous Chef - Minero Atlanta
Alyssa Frondorf - Server - Husk Nashville
Anna Fleming - Server - Husk Savannah
Ben Norton - Executive Chef - Husk Nashville
Brandon Kerr - Chef de Cuisine - Husk Charleston
David Tumblin - Server - Husk Savannah
Emmaline Sampey - Server - Husk Savannah
Jeremy Beachy - Server - Husk Charleston
Jessica Helft - Server - Husk Nashville
Joshua Gause - Assistant General Manager - Husk Savannah
Justin Ogden - Bartender - Minero Atlanta
Nelly Ruiz - Kitchen - Minero Atlanta
Nicholas Carlisle - Sous Chef - Husk Savannah
Olivia Turner - Server - Husk Savannah
Rebecca Mullis - Server - Husk Savannah
Robert Floyd - Server - Husk Charleston
Shaylise Ballentine - Manager - Husk Nashville
Siudy Gimon Ramirez - Server - Minero Atlanta
Stephen Boudreaux - Server - Husk Nashville
Brody Neiderer - Server Assistant - Husk Charleston
Jada Norris - Host - Minero Atlanta

2 years
Bradley Jorgensen - Server - Delaney Oyster House
Brianna Stasik - Sous Chef - Husk Charleston
Caleb Berg - Server - Husk Charleston
Carolyn Lassen - Server - Husk Nashville
Cees Brinkman - Server Assistant - Husk Nashville
Curtis Bloor - Manager - Minero Atlanta
Craig Fields - Kitchen - Husk Savannah
Darien Whitlock - Host - Husk Nashville
David Fluharty - Manager - Delaney Oyster House
Dora Perez Mayorga - Kitchen - Minero Atlanta
Emily Pigott - Host - Husk Charleston
Irma Hernandez - Kitchen - Minero Atlanta
James Kavanaugh - Kitchen - Husk Savannah
Johel Avila-Avila - Bartender - Minero Atlanta
John Coleman - Kitchen - Husk Savannah
Joseph Whitfield - Kitchen - Husk Charleston
Kiara Anderson - Server - Minero Atlanta
Mark Pacy - Server Assistant - Husk Charleston
Michael Williams - Kitchen - Husk Charleston
Quamain Fields - Kitchen - Husk Savannah
Richard Denis - Executive Sous Chef - Husk Nashville
Stephanie Thomas - Bartender - Delaney Oyster House
Uriel Vasquez Perez - Server - Minero Atlanta
Victoria Haskins - Server Assistant - Husk Charleston

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