WHAT WE DO
As both restaurant owners and operators, Cornerstone Restaurant Group possesses a comprehensive industry perspective.
CRG offers full-service management, concept and brand licensing and consultation services for the hospitality industry. Founded in 1993, CRG is a trusted partner for penetrating new markets, fortifying infrastructure, creating and enhancing brand standards, elevating financials and streamlining operations.
David was captivated by the hospitality industry at an early age when he lived in a hotel for a few years in South Africa. After immigrating to the U.S, David held multiple positions at various hotels, including Hilton and Hyatt hotels in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Tampa. In 1992, he and John Albert created Cornerstone Restaurant Group, where the duo partnered with Michael Jordan to oversee all Michael Jordan-brand restaurants. Additionally, they manage ENO Wine Room (Chicago, San Francisco, D.C). In 2012, Cornerstone partnered with legendary chef Bill Kim to open bellyQ and urbanbelly. Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, cycling, and listening to music.
Industry leader Danny McGowan joined Cornerstone in 2017 as Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Cornerstone Restaurant Group, McGowan served as a partner for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises for more than 30 years, before founding his own consulting firm in 2015. His extensive background includes advising on notable brands such as Big Bowl, as well as creating retail product lines, expanding concepts across platforms and growing profits. Aiming to drive continued growth and development within Cornerstone, McGowan helps to oversee the group’s belly restaurants (bellyQ, urbanbelly), Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Oak Brook and the multiple locations of Michael Jordan’s Steak House around the country. As Cornerstone Restaurant Group continues to grow, McGowan will be instrumental in guiding expansion, concept development and growth.
Growing up with family members spread internationally, Josh was fortunate enough to travel extensively and experience a variety of different cultures, always putting particular focus on their hospitality and food practices. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Josh decided to join the family business with his father, David Zadikoff, who founded Cornerstone Restaurant Group nearly 30 years ago. Josh’s first foray into the industry was as Assistant Manager at SolToro Tequila Grill and subsequently, he’s worked his way up through a variety of roles – including Food & Beverage Manager at Hyatt Regency Chicago, Assistant Executive Steward at Hyatt Regency Chicago, and Assistant General Manager at Michael Jordan’s Steak House in Chicago – before entering his current role at Cornerstone Restaurant Group in 2013.
Vice President of Finance
Matt Goldstick is a Principal and CRG’s Vice President of Finance. Matt has over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to re-joining CRG in 2018, Matt worked at Ernst & Young in its Chicagobased Transaction Advisory Services group, leading financial due diligence engagements on both the buy and sell sides for various private equity firms and corporations. Previously, Matt served as the Controller for CRG. During his first tenure at CRG, Matt consulted for the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton hotels, helped lead CRG’s joint venture with Bill Kim’s urbanbelly and Belly Shack concepts, and helped execute various other key CRG partnerships, including Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago and ENO Wine Rooms. Prior to that, Matt started his career at Ernst & Young in the Assurance practice. Matt holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois, where he was college roommates with Josh Zadikoff. He also holds a M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Virginia. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
We are deeply committed to our guests. We find ways to say “yes” to create memorable experiences for every guest, every time.
Each of us succeeds because of the contributions of so many others. We are grateful for our guests, our co-workers and our community.
Passion is the engine that drives us forward. We put our heart into everything we do.
PURSUIT OF PROFIT
Our mission can only be realized if we are a successful business. We are constantly looking for new ways to build our business so we can make more people HAPPI.
We keep our word. We treat each other with respect. We do the right thing even when no one is looking.
Our leadership team has 100+ years of restaurant experience, but we are still young at heart.
Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
Pick your friends wisely. Michael Jordan, Bill Kim…yeah, we’re doing OK.