SIGNS is a 150 seat upper casual dining restaurant and bar. It is the first Canadian restaurant that is staffed with Deaf servers, bartenders, kitchen staff and hosts.
Our Vision is threefold:
(i) To become one of the best restaurants in Canada
(ii) To promote the use of American Sign Language among 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 easily locatable at the intersection of Yonge St. and Wellesley St. just south of Bloor Street in Downtown Toronto. Our hours of operation are Sunday – Wednesday 11AM to 10PM. Thursday – Saturday 11AM – 12AM
Come for the unique experience, Stay for the delicious food
From a high quality contemporary menu featuring a blend of Canadian and International food to our exquisite wine list, it is an excellent choice for a special evening, formal business meeting or quick lunch, and of course a tourist spot not to be missed ! The restaurant is also a great place for the Deaf community where they can find themselves at ease and fully understood 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 elsewhere. You will enjoy much more than just great food – the warm atmosphere, the joy and intimacy, the overall ambiance and the feel of the place are incomparable.
SIGNS Restaurant offers a casual ambiance with an upscale feel, against the backdrop of some elegant interior décor, creating a setting that will make our guests feel cozy and comfortable while they enjoy a unique service experience.
SIGNS provides a distinctive 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 encourages guests to use ASL to order their food. With the help of instructions given in the Menu and ‘cheat book’, guests not only experience exceptional service, but also enjoy learning the language while interacting with SIGNS Deaf staff.
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 to the launch of SIGNS Restaurant, even helping us finding our amazing 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.