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Silence Is Beautiful: A Nepali Café’s Deaf Servers

Sam’s One Tree Café in Kathmandu, Nepal employs 20 deaf waiters.

Vishal Arora
Silence Is Beautiful: A Nepali Café’s Deaf Servers

Sam’s One Tree Café on Kathmandu’s Durbarmarg street doesn’t flaunt its special servers for publicity. Its unique selling proposition is food, service, and ambience, like any other good restaurant in the capital city of Nepal. The 20 deaf waiters it has employed are as professional, hardworking, and efficient as the other staff, who can speak and hear, says the restaurant’s manager, Zoe Aryan, in this video shot and edited on a smartphone.