Hometown Hero: Dan Wu

Story by Rocko Jerome | Photo by Anna Stepka, Courtesy of Dan Wu


Dan Wu
Founder of LexUNITE

“We are ever grateful to Makers Mark and The LEE Initiative… Our humble bagel shop has transformed into a nightly relief effort and we have never been more proud to be in service to this community.”

-Great Bagel
in a social media statement


You might know Dan Wu as the culinary mind behind Atomic Ramen. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, he’s put his creative spirit to use in the service of those in need. “We shut down on the 16th of March,” Dan says, “Due to the nature of the meals that we serve, curbside service wasn’t really ideal. So we started to look into other things we could do, ways we could help out.”

Dan worked with other restaurant professionals in town to start LexUNITE as a safe means for customers to continue supporting their favorite restaurants and other small businesses during this pandemic. In partnership with Maker’s Mark and The Lee Initiative, LexUNITE has turned the Boston Road Great Bagel location into a relief center for restaurant workers, giving out hundreds of meals a night. “It’s heartening to see everyone pulling together, all from different facets of the community, doing what they know best,” says Dan. “This kind of need won’t go away anytime soon, so we have to keep on helping each other.” 

For more information or to donate, visit LeeInitiative.org, and use the pulldown menu to assign your donation to Lexington.

Photo 1: Photo of Dan Wu by Anna Stepka, courtesy of Dan Wu.

Photo 2: The Great Bagel kitchen preparing meals for COVID-19 relief. Photo courtesy of Great Bagel.