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), Husk Barbeque (Greenville, SC), 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 3 years and longer:

29 years
David Howard - President - NDG

17 years
Travis Grimes - Executive Chef - Husk Charleston

14 years
Brittany Link — Executive Project Manager - NDG

12 Years
Matthew Parker — Server - Husk Charleston

10 Years
Brian Franklin — Server - Husk Charleston
Tanya Mart — Server - Husk Charleston
Zachary Kynoski — Manager - Husk Charleston

9 years
Travis Armour - General Manager - Husk Barbeque

8 years
Christopher Schoolfield – Server - Husk Charleston
Katie Coss – Executive Chef - Husk Nashville
Justin Simko – Bartender - Husk Charleston
Nicholas Noce - Server - Husk Charleston
Randy Deweese – Server - Husk Charleston
Talmage Hinson – Server - Husk Charleston

7 years
Alexander Hoeg - Sous Chef - Husk Charleston
Ashley Wood – Director of Human Resources - NDG
David Jensen - Executive Chef - Husk Barbeque
Eric Fast - Manager - Husk Charleston
Ian Miller - Sous Chef - Delaney Oyster House
Jessica Backhus - Bartender - Delaney Oyster House
Kenneth Dedmon - Bartender - Husk Nashville
Kenny Lyons – Vice President of Operations - NDG
Meg Grimes - Administrator - Husk Charleston

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

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

4 years
Alec Feldman - Kitchen - Minero Atlanta
Alexandria Rogers - General Mananger - Minero Atlanta
Angela Bonura - Server - Minero Atlanta
Arnaldo Castillo - Executive Chef - Minero Atlanta
Chelsey Espinera - Manager - Delaney Oyster House
Gerardo Olague - Server - Minero Atlanta
Kevin Gregory - Server - Husk Charleston
Miranda Burke - Bartender - Minero Atlanta
Orlan Rose - Server - Minero Atlanta
Tony Barnwell - Kitchen - Husk Charleston

3 years
Adam Greene - Sous Chef - Husk Barbeque
Amelia Raugh - Host - Husk Charleston
Chase Elliott - Corporate Controller - NDG
Christopher Hathcock - Executive Chef - Husk Savannah
Emmaline Sampey - Server - Husk Savannah
Evan Moulton - Bartender - Husk Charleston
Gregory Engligh - Server - Husk Barbeque
Hannah Moffitt - Human Resources Assistant - NDG
Heather Mitchell - General Manager - Husk Savannah
Katrina Martinez - Server - Husk Nashville
Keefer Hinkel - Sous Chef - Husk Barbeque
Kirsten Steinberg - Server - Husk Nashville
Laura Galvis - Server - Husk Barbeque
Liorah Camak - Server - Husk Savannah
Olivia Turner - Server - Husk Savannah
Regan Cannon - Manager - Husk Savannah
Shamil Velazquez - Executive Chef - Delaney Oyster House
Steven Pacheco - Sous Chef - Husk Charleston
Ward Watson - Server - Husk Barbeque

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