Monday, November 28, 2011

Deaf-owned Restaurant Opening

A new Italian restaurant is opening two weeks from Friday (Dec 9) in the Mission district of San Francisco where the conversations among the staff are all in sign language. Mozzeria Owners Melody and Russell Stein, as well as many of their employees are deaf. The daughter of hearing parents, Melody Stein attended the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, while Russ Stein grew up in New York City as part of a deaf family. They met at Gallaudet University where they studied Business Administration. Melody's father operated restaurants in Hong Kong where she was born, has studied Hospitality Management and took cooking classes in Italy last year. Make reservations for Mozzeria at Open Table (click here) or call the restaurant - it's equipped with a video phone. The Mozzeria Facebook page is here.