A new restaurant in Toronto is staffed entirely by deaf servers and customers are encouraged to use their hands to communicate as well.
Signs has American Sign Language translations on menus, so even hearing customers with no signing background can have a go at ASL. The wait staff will even help customers with their technique.
But this is no mere gimmick. Signs represents an inroad for deaf people to work in the restaurant industry, a profession not often conducive to deafness, CBC reports.
"It's opening up a whole new workforce for the deaf community," manager Rachel says.
Fifty deaf servers work at Signs. One, Mehdi Safavi, told CBC News he's never had a full-time job before.
"I'm so excited to be here. It's a deaf environment where hearing people can come in and experience our world and our culture," he said. "It's a challenge for me, but a great challenge."
To everyone at Signs, we say: