Danny Meyer’s Career Almost Ruined by Rogue Light Fixture

Close call.
Close call. Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

“Probably the night a 30-foot track light swung down from the ceiling at Union Square Cafe like a guillotine, putting a four-inch gash in the wall … just two inches from a guest’s face. That was just a couple of weeks after we opened. Those two inches could have ended the guest’s life and my career before it began.” — The Union Square Hospitality Group founder, when asked about close calls, says he had a really bad night a few decades back. [Food Arts, Related]