"I had a deaf customer that would come around a lot," he told ABC News about his job as a manager of a pizzeria. "He wasn’t getting the service he deserved."
The experience inspired Manikumar to learn a few basic gestures, like "hello" and "enjoy." He said even his minimal exchange with the deaf customer made a big difference: "He was delighted. He came back the very next day with a deaf friend."
Though it's a rare concept, Signs isn't the first restaurant that caters to the ASL community; San Francisco’s Mozzeria is an Italian restaurant with deaf owners and deaf staff members, and customers at Canada's O.Noir restaurants have both blind servers and eat in darkness.