Vancouver has lots of Mediterranean restaurants. But only one allows you to order your hummus, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh in sign language.
A new concept restaurant in Kitsilano is staffed entirely by deaf servers and encourages guests to communicate in a combination of American Sign Language and written notes. Called Deafined, the restaurant on West 4th Avenue is only the third in North America to focus on hiring deaf or hard-of-hearing staff.
Deafined is the creation of local restaurateur Moe Alameddine, already known for his unique blind-dining eatery Dark Table. Opened in 2012, Dark Table employs blind or visually impaired staff, and patrons eat their meals in complete darkness. With Deafined, he’s set his sights on “promoting American Sign Language and offering employment opportunities fore the deaf and hard of hearing,” while also serving up “exquisite fusion fare in a warm, welcoming environment.”