A deaf café is to open in Brighton this month. It will be the first sign language venue of its kind in the city.
Dottie’s Café, in East Brighton Park, in Wilson Avenue, will be run by deaf staff and sign interpreters and will be open to everyone. The menu will include audio descriptions and braille – and food can be ordered by customers verbally or using British Sign Language (BSL).
The not-for-profit café opened a few weeks ago with a minimal menu but it has its official opening on Saturday 15 October with its full menu and facilities. The free event will run from 10am to 4pm and will include face painting, a dog show, deaf bikers, a bouncy castle – and the mayor Councillor Pete West will be attending.
In the evening there will be an exclusive VIP launch party which will feature a pop-up chef providing a three-course meal. Tickets for the evening event will be £20 and can be bought at the café.