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Toronto Restaurant Is Dedicated To Employing Deaf Servers

By: Ameena Iqbal The Signs are everywhere. Recently opened, Signs is a restaurant and bar in the heart of Downtown Toronto where all the servers within the restaurant are deaf. image Owner Anjan Manikumar, who has an MBA and 10 years of experience in the food industry, set out to create a restaurant where non-deaf customers would have to adapt to a deaf environment in a fun and novel way. He he got the idea for Signs Restaurant, when he was a waiter to a deaf customer who ordered by pointing at items on the menu. He felt that waiter wasn't getting the experience that he deserved. So he decided to change that. More than 200 deaf people applied for jobs. Of the 50 hired, most had no prior restaurant experience.
"We want to create awareness for the hearing community that the deaf community has the ability to do anything and everything," manager Rachel Shemue
Mehdi Safavi landed a job as a waiter, the first full-time job he's ever had. "It's a deaf environment where hearing people can come in and experience our world and our culture, so it's really amazing" says Safani. SIGNS Restaurant Inc. is located at  558 Yonge Street, Toronto ON, M4Y 1Z1   signs menu

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