Signs is just the latest in a string of hangouts for the deaf. Russ and Melody Stein, who are both deaf, opened Mozzeria, a pizza restaurant in San Francisco, in 2011.
As they explained to The New York Times, they ran into plenty of problems, such as people who themselves would become speechless as they had never met deaf people before, and government and business reps who needed to be told to arrange for ASL interpreters to communicate with them.
As is the custom in deaf culture, the Steins looked first for deaf artisans or laborers to fill their needs. Almost everything in the restaurant was designed or built by deaf people, as was all the artwork on the walls. They hired deaf and ASL signers.