Got a job that makes you travel? Or you are one of those lucky creatures who is best termed as whimsical travellers. Well, while you are on the go, do walk into these restaurants that have lots more to offer other than just food.
The Signs Restaurant in Canada boasts of a staff of waiters & waitresses that are hearing impaired. Guests can place their orders in sign language with graphics incorporated in the menu cards. Founded by Anjan Manikumar, the restaurant serves Canadian style food infused with international flavours and boasts of a well-equipped bar. This 150 cover sit down has a staff of 50 employees of which 37 members are hearing impaired but extremely well trained. With plush ambience, great food and an even better concept, Signs Restaurant & Bar offer more than just good food; it’s called soul satisfaction!
This one is heartwarming! Every night, the Hott Spott Cafe in Greece opens its doors to give night shelter to street dogs to save them from the freezing cold outside. Once all customers are out, the cafe opens its doors and lets in the dogs. “Once the bar is closed, we open the doors to let the dogs in. From July onwards, there is a dog on every couch! The customers do not mind it.” Pawww…that’s so cute!
Cafe Sheroes Hangout sticks to every bit of its name. Managed & run by acid attack survivors, this restaurant, which is an ode to the fighter spirit of these brave women, is situated right opposite Taj Mahal Gateway in Agra. An initiative of NGO Chaanv, the restaurant boasts of a chilled ambience and literally a hangout experience. While pastas, sandwiches, fries & beverages are served in one corner, another one houses exhibit works by other acid attack survivors – in the form of paintings, designer clothes etc. The place has fast become a cool venue for exhibitions & photoshoots also. RESPECT.
The country sure sets a good note when it comes to restaurants that are changing lives. Walk into the Giving Kitchen, Atlanta that helps support cancer patients. Or opt for a meal at Homegirl Cafe, Los Angeles, a farm to table concept place that propels ‘at risk’ local women to leave gang life and opt lead empowered lives. Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco is loved by the people; the restaurant gives away $ 0.75 from each of its starters and has so far raised $300,000 for the SF – Marin Food Bank.
Restaurants like these are less of restaurants and more of centres for inspiration. A small step for an enterprise; a giant leap for mankind!