Danny Meyer isn't Restaurant chain's CEO

Danny Meyer is resigning as CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). Meyer launched the New York-based corporation about 40 years ago.

His brands, such Gramercy Tavern & Shake Shack, have shaped industry conventions. 

"Employees first" & "enlightened hospitality" were slogans for a generation of restaurateurs, & his book, Setting the Table, was a bible for many in the business.

 Since then, some have questioned how much control he should have had, although Meyer & USHG were once regarded the gold standard for running restaurants.

Still, for many. Chip Wade takes over on September 6. Before joining USHG in 2019, he was EVP of Operations at Red Lobster & SVP at Darden Restaurants.

Meyer's effect on cuisine won't end here. The restaurateur will assist USHG design new eateries. 

He's still board chairman of Shake Shack & a partner at Enlightened Hospitality Investments, which backs Salt & Straw & Goldbelly.

As the chef turns aside from overseeing his 13 USHG restaurant concepts, here's a look back at his career & what he may do next.

In 1985, Meyer, then 27, established Union Square Cafe in New York City. Its American- & Italian-inspired food was influenced by the nearby Union Square Greenmarket.

Meyer's friendly service is replicated by restaurateurs across the country. Union Square Cafe's success launched the Meyer empire.

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