At Cornerstone, we pride ourselves on family-centered camaraderie, our longtime staff, and the cultivation of restaurants that care.
Our story begins in 1992 with our founder, David Zadikoff. The globetrotting South African native already spent two decades of hotel management experience with Hilton and Hyatt when he decided to shift his focus to restaurants.
In 1993, Cornerstone opened Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Chicago, inspired by the basketball legend. Its success laid the groundwork for the Michael Jordan restaurant brand, a thriving partnership with beloved Chicago chef Bill Kim, and the evolution of our heartfelt approach to hospitality.
Josh Zadikoff, David’s son, immersed himself in hotels and restaurants early on like his father, growing along with the company. Under Josh’s leadership, Cornerstone now manages and oversees restaurants coast to coast, including The Table at Crate in partnership with global retailer Crate & Barrel.
The cornerstone of our restaurant family is a team of likeminded leaders.
Chief Executive Officer
Hometown – Vereeniging, South Africa
How you order your coffee – I’m a big tea drinker. I order PG Tips from England online and drink it string with milk and a little sugar.
Favorite place in the world – Tel Aviv, Israel
Favorite musician/band – The Beatles
Favorite quote – “People may forget what you said or what you did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
After immigrating to the U.S from South Africa, 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 Jon 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 and San Francisco). 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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Hometown – Chicago
How you order your coffee – Latte with macadamia milk.
Favorite place in the world – The Bund, Shanghai
Favorite musician/band – Rolling Stones
Favorite quote – “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” – Hunter S. Thompson
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Hometown – Deerfield, IL
How you order your coffee – Iced black coffee, no cream or sugar.
Favorite place in the world – Amalfi Coast, Italy
Favorite musician/band – Jerry Garcia
Favorite quote – “Treat others the way they want to be treated” – The Platinum Rule
Matt Goldstick is a Principal and CRG’s Chief Financial Officer. 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 Chicago-based 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.
Chef & Partner
Hometown – Chicago
How you order your coffee – Cortado with macadamia milk.
Favorite place in the world – Hawaii
Favorite musician/band – Madame Beyonce Knowles Carter (Queen Bee)
Favorite quote – “Empty your mind. Be formless, Shapeless. Like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee
Award-winning Chef Bill Kim is the culinary force behind Cornerstone’s urbanbelly restaurant brand in Chicago and The Table at Crate in Oak Brook, Illinois, a collaboration between Crate and Barrel and Cornerstone Restaurant Group that opened in 2019—the global retailer’s first full-service restaurant. Born in Seoul and raised in Chicago, Bill graduated from Kendall College and immersed himself early in his career alongside such renowned chefs as Charlie Trotter, David Bouley and Jean Banchet. He set off the wave of fine-dining chefs branching into creative casual fare with the 2008 opening of urbanbelly, where his soulful, border-blurring approach to cooking is on full display. In 2018, Bill released his first cookbook, “Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces,” which earned a finalist nomination for a prestigious James Beard Award.