Prior to opening his hamburger restaurant, Zaitzeff Burgers, Zachary Zaitzeff was an employee in the finance industry on Wall Street for six years. In the wake of the September 11th attacks, Wall Street was heavily impacted by the great losses that occurred at the World Trade Center. 9/11 caused a prolonged closure of the New York Stock Exchange, only the third to occur in history. Furthermore, the 9/11 attacks caused the loss of about 430,000 jobs and $2.8 billion in wages in New York City. Small businesses were especially affected in Lower Manhattan, near the site of the World Trade Center. This heavy economic impact had a massive effect on New York City and its inhabitants.
In 2003, Zachary Zaitzeff decided to open a new small business in the Financial District: Zaitzeff Burgers. Zachary Zaitzeff chose this location, so recently devastated by 9/11, in an effort to help rebuild the area after the attacks. Zachary Zaitzeff believed that opening a small, family-owned and operated restaurant would be beneficial to the economy of Manhattan as well as the area, which was in dire need of rebuilding and a sense of security.
Zachary Zaitzeff has continued to make Zaitzeff Burgers a widely popular hamburger restaurant, with rave reviews from food critics and customers alike. Zaitzeff Burgers has been ranked among the 100 Best Places to Eat In New York City and the Best Burgers in NYC. Zaitzeff Burgers is known for its local food, organic ingredients, and prime grass-fed beef. Furthermore, Zachary Zaitzeff found Zaitzeff Burgers profitable enough to open a second branch in the Murray Hill-East Midtown area. Zachary Zaitzeff has proven himself to be a successful small business owner in the wake of the September 11th attacks that so heavily impacted him as an employee on Wall Street and a New York City native and resident.