Order food using sign language at this Chennai restaurant

Post lockdown, whenever you enter Silent Signs restaurant in Velachery, you’ll be ordering your food using Indian Sign Language.

This newly-opened metropolis restaurant, at the moment below the model Salem RR Biryani by Tamil Selvan, is being run fully by a workforce of individuals with various levels of listening to impairment.

The mission was kick-started by Voice for the Voiceless Indian People Foundation, a three-month-old organisation. “At present, we have three women and four men working at the restaurant. I met them through some common friends and found out that they were wonderful cooks,” says M Karpagam, an advocate specialising in incapacity rights.

The workers at this restaurant are native sportspersons who’ve fallen on onerous occasions, reveals Karpagam. “There are eight others in different districts of Tamil Nadu who might join once the lockdown lifts.” The restaurant will serve South Indian dishes comparable to dosa, idli, poori, uthappam, paniyaram, pongal and so forth, and is at the moment delivering. Once it opens to diners, after the lockdown, the menu will likely be specifically designed. “Next to the names of the food items, it will have the signs you can use to order them,” she explains. Though their signboard says Salem RR proper now, with time they hope to model themselves as Silent Signs.

Admitting that although with the pandemic scare, it is not going to be straightforward to run enterprise she provides, “We are relying on funds by VVIPF and Tamil Selvan sir currently. It took us a month to convince him, he agreed after trying the food they made and will help the restaurant sustain itself for the first six months.”

The restaurant is on Velachery Main Road, reverse Phoenix MarketCity. Call 9176045578 to order through an interpreter.

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