Our Story

THE RESTAURANT

SIGNS is a 150-seater upper casual dining & bar restaurant and the first Canadian restaurant that is staffed with deaf servers. Our Vision is threefold:
(i) To become one of the best restaurants in Canada
(ii) To promote the use of American Sign Language amongst the hearing community
(iii) To provide career opportunities and growth for the Deaf in the hospitality industry

The restaurant will appeal to a wide and varied clientele living across the GTA, as well as to tourists visiting Toronto.

SIGNS is a distinctive restaurant located at Yonge and Wellesley intersection just south of Bloor Street in Downtown Toronto. Our hours of operation are 11 AM to 12 AM.

THE EXPERIENCE

Come for the experience, Stay for the food
Located at the lively Yonge and Wellesley intersection in Downtown Toronto area, SIGNS is an upper casual dining restaurant and the first Canadian restaurant that is staffed with deaf servers. From a high quality contemporary menu with a blend of Canadian and International food along with our exquisite wine list, it is an excellent choice for a special evening, for a formal business meeting, and of course, for tourists. The restaurant is also a great place for the deaf community where they can find themselves at ease using their native language.

We Sign, We Shine
SIGNS is undeniably one of a kind restaurant. Our well-trained staff will provide you with an experience that you cannot find anywhere, at any restaurant. Your experience will be much more than just great food – the warm atmosphere, the joy and intimacy, the overall ambience and feel of the place.

THE AMBIENCE

SIGNS will have a casual ambience with an upscale feel, against the backdrop of some elegant interior décor, a setting that will make our guests feel cozy and comfortable, in addition to enjoying the experience of a unique service.

SIGNS Restaurant offers a unique opportunity for its guests to use American Sign Language (ASL) as a communication tool with its staff. Although there are few restaurants employing deaf staff in other parts of the world, SIGNS will have a more interesting concept of guests using ASL to order their food with the help of instructions given in the Menu. Guests will not only experience exceptional service, but will also enjoy learning the language while interacting with SIGNS deaf staff.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

BRCD:

We sincerely thank Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf (BRCD) for their support in providing us with the premises for training and interpretation services. Christine Nelson et al. spared no efforts in helping us from the beginning and all the way till launching of SIGNS Restaurant, including identification of deaf staff.

Canadian Hearing Society (CHS)

We are deeply thankful to the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) for providing support in terms of interpretation services, connecting with deaf community and promoting Signs Restaurant.

Ontario Association for the Deaf:

We are also thankful to OAD for their enthusiastic help and support in promoting Signs Restaurant within the deaf community.

OUR Team

Anjan Manikumar

President & Founder

Anjan Manikumar, an entrepreneur and an innovative restaurateur, with over 9 years of experience in the restaurant industry. With extensive work experience in the restaurant industry supported by an MBA degree, Anjan is launching SIGNS, a new unique restaurant concept that could potentially revolutionize the Canadian restaurant industry. Not only does he have a strong passion for the business, he also has a keen sense of ethics and humility.

Manny Manikumar

Principal Investor

Manny has been a banker and a project management professional for several years, having worked in major international banks. Apart from being the principal investor in SIGNS, Manny is lending valuable support in ensuring completion of all pre-opening activities on time and within budget.

Marc Breton

Head Chef

Marc has several years of experience working as Executive Chef / Chef in renowned restaurants in and around Toronto. He is classically trained with exposure to a wide variety of cuisines and a creative Menu developer. Guests will be treated with all the delicious items that Marc churns out of SIGNS kitchen.

Rachel Shemuel

Manager

Rachel comes with more than 20 years of rounded experience in the food industry, having worked in various well-known restaurants in Ontario and Alberta. Well-versed with all aspects of restaurant operations and management, Rachel is also adept in using American Sign Language (ASL) to effectively communicate with deaf staff.

What People Are saying?

Congratulations for this Deaf friendly grand opening in July. This is going to be the biggest hit for all Deaf communities globally in the eyes of the world to recognize the official language of ASL. All the best

It is so wonderful and unique way to support Deaf community. Hopefully the business prospers !!

This is amazing! Can’t wait for this restaurant to open ! Congratulations !

( Mayfest visitor )

Contact us

SIGNS Restaurant Inc. 558 Yonge Street, Toronto ON, M4Y 1Z1
Phone: +1(647)-349-7446
We are now accepting reservations! Please contact us by phone or e-mail and we will try to fulfill your request.

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