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2010_10_meyer-usc.jpgIn an interview with Paper, Danny Meyer talks about the opening of Union Square Cafe 25 years ago, the mafia's attempts to intimidate him, why he used to hire only non-New Yorkers, the closing of Tabla, and the neighborhood back then: "There was a methadone clinic two doors down. On at least three occasions when I came to work on Saturday I would walk over the chalk outline of somebody who'd been shot the night before." [Paper]

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