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Cool Dad Job: Restaurateur

Latest Cool Dad Project: Taking care of his people.

As the head of New York’s sprawling Union Square Hospitality Group, Danny Meyer has long been in the business of gatherings. Coronavirus severely changed that business. Unlike many of his competitors, Meyer, the mastermind behind Gramercy Tavern and Shake Shack, has been resolutely responsible in the face of crisis. He has stated that he will not open seated restaurants until there is a vaccine and he can ensure the safety of his staff and customers. After laying off nearly 2,000 people due to “a near-complete elimination of revenue,” the father of four has donated his entire salary to workers, created a relief fund for all Union Square Hospitality Group staff, and committed to helping the community by working with food distributors to provide food to those who need it. When life gave Meyer lemons… he did what he could.