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Danny Meyer-backed fund invests in Gather events platform

Enlightened Hospitality Investments boosted fast-casual chain Dig Inn earlier this week.
Photograph courtesy of Gather

Danny Meyer-backed Enlightened Hospitality Investments has invested in Gather, an events platform for the hospitality industry, the companies announced this week.

The investment, the details of which were not disclosed, will allow Gather to expand its reach in the hospitality industry. Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group will use Gather’s event-management platform for its restaurants and other businesses.

“Gather’s people-first culture, intuitive events platform and top marketplace solution are streamlining the private dining and events process for all stakeholders,” Meyer said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to play a role in helping to fuel their growth as they fulfill this much-needed opportunity within our industry.”

It’s been a busy time for Enlightened Hospitality Investments. Earlier this week, the group announced a $15 million investment into fast-casual chain Dig Inn. The $200 million private-equity fund, which was founded in 2017, has a history of investing in tech concepts as well as emerging chains. The group has previously backed software provider Resy Network.

“Restaurants are looking for more ways to grow their business in a competitive market with tightening margins,” Gather CEO Nick Miller said in a statement. “What drives the Gather team is the potential to bring innovation into the industry in a way that supports what people love about a great dining experience.”

Founded in 2013, Gather has a client roster of more than 5,000 venues nationwide. It works with restaurant chains, hospitality groups and venues of all sizes to streamline booking management.

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