Danny is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Enlightened Hospitality Investments. Danny is also the Founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the Founder and Chairman of Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK). Union Square Hospitality Group comprises some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, and more. Danny, his restaurants, and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, and Danny has been included in the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World (2015) and Inc.’s list of the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene (2017). Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business, and life.
An active national leader in the fight against hunger, Danny serves on the board of Share Our Strength. He also serves on the boards of Salt & Straw, Tender Greens, and Olo, and formerly served on the boards of Open Table (Nasdaq: OPEN) through its sale to Priceline, Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) and The Container Store (NYSE: TCS).
Danny graduated from Trinity College where he currently serves as a Trustee.