Read more

38 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Danny Meyer. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Danny Meyer, often where they are interviewed.

Read more

38 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Danny Meyer. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Danny Meyer, often where they are interviewed.

Updated daily with the latest episodes

Shake Shack: Danny Meyer

How I Built This with Guy Raz
Episode artwork
Read more
Back in 2001, as part of an initiative to revitalize Madison Square Park, Danny Meyer set up a simple hot dog cart. At that time, he had been a leader in New York City's fine dining scene for years, and the hot dog cart was just a side project, something fun to do for the summer. But that one temporary hot dog cart led to Shake Shack, a fast casual restaurant chain known for its burgers, its namesake milkshakes, and its lines out the door. Today, Shake Shack is a publicly traded company with over 250 locations in 15 countries.

Jun 15 2020



Special: Danny Meyer, 10 wks later: How to revive restaurants

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
Episode artwork
Read more

"Being the first to close is one thing. But I don't want to be the last to open,” says iconic restaurateur Danny Meyer in his second Rapid Response interview. After shutting his iconic New York City restaurants, laying off 2,000 staffers (with hopes to re-hire) and returning a $10m PPP, Danny finds himself reconsidering nearly everything about his business model. Even before the coronavirus lockdown, the restaurant industry had a slew of “preexisting conditions,” Danny says. Now those weaknesses have become exposed, putting at risk the future of hospitality — one of America’s core industries. Danny’s Union Square Hospitality Group is reimagining what and HOW their restaurants serve; rethinking how they generate revenue; and exploring new cost structures, like a bold new relationship with landlords. It’s all in the hopes, says Danny, of getting back to business, with customers safely at their tables, and the teams back together.

May 30 2020



Neighboring in the Time of the Coronavirus | Danny Meyer

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
Episode artwork
Read more

Neighbors come up with novel ways to stay engaged with one another, Roy Wood Jr. and Michael Kosta cover sports news, and Trevor interviews renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

May 01 2020



Special: Danny Meyer on the wrenching decision to do layoffs

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
Episode artwork
Read more

Last week, Danny Meyer laid off 2,000 people – that's 80 percent of staff at Union Square Hospitality Group, representing 20+ restaurants across the country. It was a heartbreaking decision made with full understanding of the impacts, short and long-term – or as much as can possibly be known in this volatile time. In this special episode, Danny returns to the show to share why and how he acted so quickly, the process he and his team used to make this decision, the impact of the layoff, and what comes next for his industry. Co-hosted by Masters of Scale editor at large Bob Safian.

Mar 24 2020



Shake Shack's Danny Meyer & Randy Garutti: Burgers & Business

Boss Files with Poppy Harlow
Episode artwork
Read more

A live CNN podcast recording with Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer and CEO Randy Garutti
Danny Meyer, founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, is known for New York City institutions like Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern. In 2001, he founded Shake Shack in a park by accident and CEO Randy Garutti helped bring the company public in 2014. They are focused on creating an inclusive culture with wages, equality, four-day work weeks and a supportive community as a way to both attract and retain talent. The two discuss leadership lessons they've learned from each other over the years, the plant-based diet trend, how their upbringings shaped them in the hospitality industry and some of their most memorable guests. Produced by Haley Draznin, CNN.

Jan 20 2020

1hr 5mins


The Delicious Business of Danny Meyer| House of Carbs

House of Carbs
Episode artwork
Read more

House has a tasty and intriguing discussion with restaurateur Danny Meyer. They sit down to talk about the origins of Shake Shack, the philosophy of Union Square Hospitality Group, and the importance of surrounding yourself with an amazing team.

Jan 16 2020

1hr 2mins


Danny Meyer (S4/Ep.010)

Beyond the Plate
Episode artwork
Read more
We caught up with Danny Meyer on his way back from a Cubs/Cards game in Chicago. Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Hear about his journey from the Midwest to NYC, his career ups and downs, and some of his top management pieces of advice. Danny has been included on the TIME 100 list of the "Most Influential People in the World." He’s an active national leader in the fight against hunger serving on the board of Share Our Strength.

Nov 06 2019



How to find -- and feed -- your passion, by Danny Meyer

Meditative Story
Episode artwork
Read more

Restaurateur Danny Meyer takes us back to where it all began for him: a family trip to Europe and a simple plate of pasta. That memorable meal sparked a lifetime practice of discovery that continues to feed his creativity and his soul.

Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Sep 24 2019



Danny Meyer: Creating a Better World Through Enlightened Hospitality (EP.09)

Take the Long View
Episode artwork
Read more

Why would a man pursuing a career in law and politics suddenly give it all up and gamble his future on a restaurant? Just ask St. Louis native Danny Meyer, who turned that one restaurant into a hospitality empire and eventually founded Shake Shack, the beloved burger spot with over 250 locations around the world.

Aside from the countless awards Danny Meyer has earned as a restaurateur, he also penned Setting the Table, which distills his philosophy on hospitality and leadership. But in his earlier years, he wouldn’t have predicted this future for himself. 

After the success of his first restaurant, he wanted to prove to himself that it wasn’t a fluke. That challenge brought him face to face with a harsh reality: he was a horrible manager. If he was going to make both restaurants work, he had to sharpen his leadership skills and instill the values of enlightened hospitality into his team so they could carry on in his absence. This self-improvement mission would be the spark for Danny’s restaurant empire: Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, and many more.

Today, with his philosophy of enlightened hospitality and belief in the importance of building community wealth, Danny Meyer continually prods the restaurant industry to level up and create better career opportunities for its workers, while challenging himself to share his insights with new industries through his investment fund.

Key Topics:

  • Introducing Danny. [00:42]
  • Why Danny wrote Setting The Table in secret. [01:51]
  • Missing out on genuine interactions in a highly transactional society [03:08]
  • Danny’s philosophy on hospitality as an organizational principle. [04:12]
  • The turning point of Danny’s professional life. [06:53]
  • Developing a unique leadership style by managing volunteers. [10:04]
  • Having a growth mentality towards employees. [11:42]
  • Early lessons from Rich Melman. [12:42]
  • Finding and hiring for the 51%. [14:16]
  • Why Danny was so hesitant about opening a second restaurant. [16:45]
  • Being forced to become a better manager. [18:14]
  • Managing difficult family dynamics. [19:41]
  • Why you shouldn’t spend too much money on your first venture. [20:31] 
  • Learning what it means to be responsible to your investors. [22:28]
  • Early inspiration for Shake Shack. [25:25]
  • Restoring Madison Square Park. [25:51]
  • Testing Danny’s theory of enlightened hospitality with a hot dog cart. [27:17]
  • Building community wealth. [30:06]
  • The role Shake Shack plays in the Madison Square Park community. [30:51]
  • The downside of the tipping system. [32:45]
  • Taking the restaurant industry to the next level. [37:25]
  • Managing with constant gentle pressure. [41:32]
  • Investing in enlightened hospitality. [43:11]

Mentioned in this Episode:

Thanks for listening!Be sure to subscribe now on Apple, Google, SpotifyStitcherTuneIn, or wherever you like to listen to podcasts.

Follow the Take the Long View Podcast on Instagram @takethelongviewpodcast and Facebook, and follow host Matt Hall on Instagram @matthallstl, Twitter @matthallhig, or on LinkedIn

Connect with the Hill Investment Group on Instagram @hill_investment_group, Facebook@hillinvestmentgroup, Twitter @takethelongview, and on LinkedIn

Sep 19 2019



From hot dog cart to hospitality empire | How Danny Meyer, founder of Union Square Hospitality Group, became the greatest restaurateur NYC has ever seen

The Tony Robbins Podcast
Episode artwork
Read more

As founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and Shake Shack, Danny Meyer has grown his empire to include some of New York’s most beloved and acclaimed restaurants and cafes. Together, Danny’s restaurants and team have won an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards – the food industry’s highest honor.

But it’s not just great food that sets Danny’s restaurants apart from the rest. It’s what people experience and feel when they’re eating there. In fact, Danny Meyer’s story is a remarkable testament to the sheer power of hospitality.

In this episode, we explore the unique and celebrated culture of hospitality that Danny has created. He shares with Tony how he’s managed to scale that culture across Union Square Hospitality Group, as well as Shake Shack, the fast-casual restaurant Danny founded back in 2001. With Danny at the helm, what started as a single hot dog cart in Madison Square Garden is now a publicly traded company with over 250 locations and 6,000 employees.

Listen closely, because Danny also shares the six qualities he looks for when hiring employees – from dishwashers to executive chefs – and what he thinks it takes for entrepreneurs across all industries to succeed in business.

Sep 02 2019