Canada's First Sign Language Restaurant Gives Hearing Customers An ASL Cheat-Sheet

Kudos to Canada.

"Signs," Canada's first-ever restaurant for the deaf, opened its doors in downtown Toronto last Tuesday.

The restaurant has an almost entirely deaf waitstaff, and encourages guests to interact and order food using only sign language.

They even equip customers with an ASL cheat sheet for those who aren't fluent, or even familiar, with signing.

The idea sprung from restaurant owner Anjan Manikumar, who was inspired to learn how to sign after struggling to communicate with a deaf customer at his previous job, and recognized it as a problem in the service industry.

So far, the reception of "Signs" have been tremendous within the Toronto community.

Yay! So proud of T.O. ► Signs Restaurant (Wellesley & Yonge) introduces diners to sign language ► http://t.co/HKh57Fq8rp cc: @johntoryTO

Mylène ✿ܓ @CopperBronzed

Yay! So proud of T.O. â–º Signs Restaurant (Wellesley & Yonge) introduces diners to sign language â–º http://t.co/HKh57Fq8rp cc: @johntoryTO

12:36 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In #Toronto #Today, #Canada's 1st restaurant staffed by deaf Servers is opening. Yes Siree we #Torontonians are progressive friendly leaders

Torontonian@Toronto_nian

In #Toronto #Today, #Canada's 1st restaurant staffed by deaf Servers is opening. Yes Siree we #Torontonians are progressive friendly leaders

9:49 AM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Honoured to be @SignsRestaurant Canada's 1st restaurant staffed by deaf servers. #Toronto

John Tory@johntoryTO

Honoured to be @SignsRestaurant Canada's 1st restaurant staffed by deaf servers. #Toronto

5:54 PM - 29 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Manikumar hopes that the eatery will not only educate others about everyday challenges in the ASL community, but inspire other work forces to create jobs for the deaf.