Danny Meyer’s Career Almost Ruined by Rogue Light Fixture

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"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]