Canada’s first sign-language friendly restaurant opened in the city of Toronto last month, employing deaf staff and offering guests the chance to learn sign language while enjoying contemporary Canadian and international gastronomy.
A unique adjunct to the eclectic food scene of Toronto, in the province of Ontario, the 150-seated restaurant was created by Anjan Manikumar, and inspired by the everyday struggles of hearing-impaired people.
Sign language instructions are provided on the menu so that customers can interact with deaf staff and try their hand at ordering a meal without using the spoken word, while also providing a great place for the deaf community to meet, dine, and feel at ease.
Located at the lively Yonge and Wellesley intersection in downtown Toronto, the casual, modern bar-restaurant is the first in Canada to employ deaf staff and is already proving a big hit among locals and visitors to the city.
Tourists to Toronto are flocking to SIGNS, enjoying the relaxed ambience, with its elegant interior, top notch wine-list, and one-of-a-kind service. Manikumar hopes that SIGNS will encourage the community to learn sign language, while providing career opportunities for the deaf within the hospitality industry.
The bar is open seven days, serving food daily from 11am to 2am, with dinner open from 5pm to 11pm.