Danny is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Enlightened Hospitality Investments. Danny is also the Founder of Union Square Hospitality Group and the Founder and Chairman of Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK). USHG comprises some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Ci Siamo, Daily Provisions and more.
Danny and his team have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Restaurateur in America and Humanitarian of the Year. His business book, Setting The Table, a New York Times best seller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business, and life. A sought-after speaker and educator, Danny has set industry standards for innovative hiring practices, building culture, corporate responsibility, and leading change.
Danny serves on the board of Olo (NYSE: OLO), and formerly served on the boards of Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID), The Container Store (NYSE: TCS), and Open Table (Nasdaq: OPEN) through its sale to Priceline. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College.