Ahead of the event, Shack Shack founder Danny Meyer and CEO Randy Garutti each sat down for #TalkToMe interviews with their children. Meyer, one of New York's most influential restauranteurs and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, told his daughter Hallie that his views about fatherhood have changed dramatically over the years.
"I used to think that both as a dad and as a leader in an organization, it was my job to have all the answers. And it's not. It's my job to ask the best questions, and it's my job to have the best set of ears," he said. "It's so much more important, both as a dad and as a leader, to let someone feel heard and to really listen to what they are saying."
“It's so much more important, both as a dad and as a leader, to let someone feel heard and to really listen to what they are saying.”
Hallie's also immersed in the food world and recently launched a home-cooked delivery meal service called Umi Kitchen. She asked her dad how he establishes the tone and values at his restaurants.
"I think it's important that we understand that we wait in line at Shake Shack," Danny replied. "What that means for me symbolically is that we don't go to the front of the line. We don't have that privilege. I know we could if we wanted to, but I think it's an important kind of value." Watch their full video above.
Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti's young kids grilled him with questions like "Have you ever had head lice?" (answer: "No") and "What was your favorite action figure growing up?" ("Luke Skywalker and Han Solo"). Asked about his favorite part about being a dad, Garutti said, "Probably right now. My favorite thing about being a dad is hanging out with you guys as often as I possibly can, and seeing you guys grow up and become confident and happy."
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