Please explore our offerings for pickup and delivery. Union Square Hospitality Group has rescinded a recently introduced mandatory arbitration agreement that would prevent employees from filing class action lawsuits against the company, Eater reports. Meyer acknowledged that the initial actions laid out, including rebuilding USHG’s diversity and inclusion group, would be just the beginning of the restaurant group’s work on the topic. The group, based in New York City, only had been offering dining-room service — at 25% capacity — at three of its restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and the Battery Park City location of Blue Smoke. Order pickup and delivery from our Upper West Side and Union Square locations every Wednesday through Sunday. USHG formed a diversity group in 2017 with the goal of having the company’s employee demographics match NYC’s population by 2024. We stand against injustice and will use our platform to be a voice in this critical dialogue. He further encouraged his customers to patronize their favorite restaurants beyond USHG through pickup and delivery, buying holiday gift cards or contributing to their employee relief funds. The National Restaurant Association estimates that between 5 million and 7 million restaurant jobs will be lost over the next three months. The restaurant group, known for standbys like Union Square Cafe and fine dining destinations like Gramercy Tavern, has long been considered a leader in hospitality… Reservations . Check back to see the latest on our offerings and hours of operation. Reservations are not currently available across USHG. Letter to our team at (link in bio). Union Square Hospitality Group, which helped lead the move away from tips, changes course as its restaurants reopen. Eleven Madison Park held three Michelin Stars , The Modern earned its second Michelin Star in 2015, Gramercy Tavern holds one Michelin Star, [23] and GreenRiver was awarded one Michelin Star in 2016. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. The employee-led action drove CEO and famed hospitality figure Danny Meyer to announce several steps that USHG was taking to publicly address racism and structural inequality within the company. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. USHG — which caters to a wealthy, largely white customer base in Midtown and lower Manhattan — has a history of failing to appropriately address racism in its restaurants, staffers say. Meyer opened the meeting by playing a video about privilege that Kim Kardashian West had posted on Twitter, and he acknowledged that he’d “made a mistake” in waiting to address employee concerns. Danny Meyer’s Restaurant Empire Is Undergoing a Major Staff Shake Up This Year New, 1 comment Union Square Hospitality group is losing several longtime staffers this year In one case, over 200 staffers from 14 of USHG’s restaurants in the city, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Manhatta, and the Modern, signed an employee-written letter to Meyer asking for more action. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group suspended indoor and outdoor dining at Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and Blue Smoke Battery Park … In the letter, which has been reviewed by Eater, the employees — the vast majority of whom have been laid off since mid-March — were disappointed with the boilerplate, copy-and-paste message across all of the restaurants’ Instagram accounts. They expressed frustration that USHG, usually eager to set the tone for the industry, was seemingly taking a back seat on conversations about race and racism. The new programming will focus on better promoting diversity in “recruiting, hiring, training, sponsorship, career advancement, and compensation,” Meyer states. A day after the former staffers delivered the letter, the company hosted one of its regular “Chat With Chip” meetings for the entire staff, referring to USHG president Chip Wade. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. He added that the decision would allow his staff “to put 100% of their efforts into cooking amazing food that you can enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home, whether picked up contact-free or delivered to you. Union Square Hospitality Group has discontinued all on-site dining at its restaurants to focus on takeout, delivery, nationwide shipping, and virtual events, founder and CEO Danny Meyer said in an email to customers Friday. “We know that confronting systemic racism requires far more than a pledge, writing a check, or issuing a statement,” Meyer wrote. Servers at Union Square Cafe and other Danny Meyer restaurants … Registered in England and Wales. Across all employees at the company, including hourly staffers, 44 percent were white, 30 percent were Hispanic or Latino, 15 percent were black or African American, and 8 percent were Asian. In March, Union Square Hospitality announced it laid off 2,000 employees in its 20 restaurants and corporate offices. Meyer’s initial email, too, was lacking in substantive words when action was desperately needed, they wrote. Meyer said USHG staff would continue to cook meals for Rethink, which provides meals to people in need. Multiple black employees brought up examples of racist interactions with both staff and customers in a recent company-wide call, such as a situation where the company reported a young Hispanic employee to the police for stealing money — but quietly let go a white staffer who faced the same allegations. Staffers were disappointed to find the company slow to respond in a critical moment where a show of support, particularly for the company’s BIPOC staffers, was most expected. The employees called for the company to host an auction to benefit Black Lives Matter — similar to high-profile auctions, like a weekend in Copenhagen with the world-renowned Noma team, that have already been held to fundraise for former restaurant staff during COVID-19 — and for the restaurants to define menu items where proceeds would benefit racial justice organizations. As a company built on the foundation that hospitality is about being on one another’s side, it is even more crucial now for us to support and stand with each other. Related: Chip Wade, Patti Simpson of Union Square Hospitality Group join panel on diversity and inclusion at Restaurants Rise powered by MUFSO. . Swing by from 8am for … Lines and paragraphs break automatically. All 19 restaurants in the Union Square Hospitality Group, including Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café, closed on Friday to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. USHG's restaurants routinely appear among the Most Popular in New York City according to the Zagat guide, including Union Square Cafe, which has held the #1 spot nine times. Today, Union Square Hospitality Group became the first major restaurant group to announce that it will shutter all its restaurants, 19 total, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. While the actions have yet to bear out, the former staffers, who are white, were encouraged to hear some direction, although they acknowledged that it wasn’t for them to decide what actions would be appropriate enough to address racism at the company. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. Last August, a Gramercy Tavern staffer also went public with allegations of a racist work environment at the restaurant. Last year, a former Gramercy Tavern server alleged that the restaurant fostered a racist work environment, including an instance where another employee called her a “black bitch” and managers mocked her hair, in a complaint filed with the New York City Commission on Human Rights last year. In the email, which is posted on Union Square Hospitality’s company site, Meyer said that he’s “been pessimistic” to how the company can enact positive changes for society in the face of so much pain and “felt frozen” when trying to write the letter over the past days, before going on to state that he’s listening to concerns and the company was conducting “constructive dialogues” about next steps. We especially send our love and heartfelt thanks to the first responders, medical community, and essential workers who are keeping us safe. The past week’s events aren’t the first time that the company has been made aware of racist incidents occurring within its restaurants. Gramercy Tavern, Union Square … For days, their concerns were met largely with silence or vague statements of acknowledgement according to multiple staffers who spoke with Eater.