New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer is one of the most powerful people in the food-service industry. But he didn't get there without questioning some long-established rules and taking some huge risks. In fact, he says, some of his greatest achievements evolved from breaking tradition.
His first bold move: telling his parents in the early '80s that he was going to "be a restaurant guy" and not a lawyer.
Since then, he has not slowed down. Throughout Meyer's 34-year career, he has revolutionized the restaurant industry, banning smoking at Union Square Cafe 12 years before it became law, eliminating tipping, offering a paid four-week parental leave policy and having "feeling" be his guiding principle within the walls of his eateries.