New Sign Language Restaurant Only Takes Orders In American Sign Language


Brilliant idea alert: later this month, a new restaurant will be opening up in Toronto called “Signs” on 558 Yonge Street, which promises to be Canada’s first “deaf” restaurant where customers are asked to order their dinners using only American Sign Language.

Staffed primarily by deaf servers, the restaurant hopes to provide “a kind of community service for a deaf population that often struggles to find employment in a speech-oriented workforce,” reports The Star. The idea came to owner Anjan Manikumar while managing a Boston Pizza. After realizing one of his regular customers was deaf, he sought to learn American Sign Language (ASL) in order to provide a better experience for his guest.

At Signs, customers will have access to an ASL “cheat book” to help them order from Signs’s Canadian and international food menu, which includes everything from chicken salad to game. Rabbit, for example, looks like this. And while pointing is technically allowed, it isn’t encouraged, as the goal is that Signs provides a place where the deaf can feel welcome and the hearing are able to learn about the deaf community.

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

4 replies on “New Sign Language Restaurant Only Takes Orders In American Sign Language”

Why would they do that? Do they not realise they are really narrowing down their customers. They can potentially make a lot more money if they let in everyone, lol.

Everyone can come in, you just have to order in sign language if you want something to eat. They even give you the signs you need to order. I am involved in the Deaf community and I think this is pretty cool!

Awesome idea! The more hearing ppl get to involve themselves with the deaf community the more accepted everyone feels! This is an incredible idea!

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