Danny Meyer

CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group

Danny Meyer Biography

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Danny Meyer grew up in a family that relished great food and hospitality. Thanks to his father’s travel business, which designed custom European trips, Meyer spent much of his childhood eating, visiting near and far-off places, and sowing the seeds for his future passion. In 1985, at the age of 27, Meyer opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, launching what would become a lifelong career in hospitality.

Thirty years later, Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) comprises some of New York’s most beloved and acclaimed restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Maialino, and more. Meyer and USHG founded Shake Shack, the modern-day “roadside” burger restaurant, which became a public company in 2015. USHG also offers large-scale event services, foodservice solutions for public and private institutions, industry consulting, and educational programming.

Under Meyer’s leadership, USHG is renowned not only for its acclaimed restaurants but also for its distinctive and celebrated culture of Enlightened Hospitality. This guiding principle of prioritizing employees first and foremost has driven and shaped USHG’s ongoing evolution from a small group of restaurants into a multi-faceted hospitality organization.

Meyer and USHG’s diverse ventures have added to the hospitality dialogue in many contexts including dining options in museums, sports arenas, and cultural institutions, as well as prescient investments in burgeoning neighborhoods. In 2016, USHG launched a pioneering initiative to eliminate tipping throughout its New York restaurants. This new way of business, called Hospitality Included, is designed to compensate the restaurant team more equitably and professionally, while providing clear paths for professional advancement.

Meyer’s groundbreaking business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times Bestseller, articulates a set of signature business and life principles that translate to a wide range of industries. A celebrated speaker and educator, Meyer has set industry standards in areas such as hiring practices, innovative leadership, and corporate responsibility and addresses a wide range of audiences on such topics around the country.

Meyer has been generously recognized for his leadership, business achievements, and humanitarianism, including the 2015 TIME 100 “Most Influential People” list, the 2011 NYU Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City, the 2012 Aspen Institute Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership, and the 2000 IFMA Gold Plate Award. Together, Meyer and USHG’s restaurants and individuals have won an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Restaurateur (2005) and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America (1996).

Meyer and his wife, Audrey, live in New York City and have four children.

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Danny Meyer Videos

When Hospitality Means Finding the No - Danny Meyer - YouTube
Setting the Table with Danny Meyer – How Focusing on Hospitality ...
Will 'No-Tipping' Save the Restaurant Industry? | SXSW Convergence 2016

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Danny Meyer Videos

When Hospitality Means Finding the No - Danny Meyer - YouTube
Setting the Table with Danny Meyer – How Focusing on Hospitality ...
Will 'No-Tipping' Save the Restaurant Industry? | SXSW Convergence 2016
Danny Meyer - The Irrelevancy of Being Right - YouTube

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