Atfaluna Restaurant :
The first restaurant run by deaf people in Gaza
When you enter Atfaluna restaurant , you will like the elegant decoration , the corner filled with embroidery and manual crafts and the friendly environment. The food there is really nice , too. But , this is not the special thing about this restaurant , what makes Atfaluna restaurant a special one is that all the people working in it are deaf.
When I entered with my family , we had to wait for five minutes since there were no available tables , the restaurant was full !! The waiters around us saluted us with a lovely smile while an extra table was being prepared for us.
The employees work as bees in a beehive . They are moving from one table to another, making sure that all the customers are happy and satisfied.
What I loved the most is how sweet the waiters were with the children , they were watching and playing with them.
When we were ready to order , the waiter came and we pointed at the items that we wanted from the menu.
The food looked tempting, I enjoyed my sandwich , chicken with cheese and corn . My mom , who loves seafood , had fish and said that it was clean and delicious. My sister ordered burger , and it was nice .
Looking at the glass wall next to where we were sitting , I saw another section of the restaurant , the 'Express' section , where you can get ice cream or a drink to go . The employees were smiling ALL the time! even when they were not dealing with customers !!
BRAVO Atfaluna !!! You managed through this project and many other ones to enable the people with disabilities to be productive and effective in their community . For the first time , when I was in the restaurant, people with disabilities were serving others instead of being served.
Atfaluna ….. I am PROUD of you …
I highly recommend visiting Atfaluna restaurant for its delicious food , nice decoration , friendly environment and to show support for a wonderful project and amazing people .
This main website of Atfaluna Association : http://www.atfaluna.net/
[ The first two photos in the article were taken from some websites that talked about the restaurant. The last two were taken by the writer of the article ]
Written by : Ziad Bakri