Upon entering Crêpe Crazy’s South Austin location, I was transported to a quaint European cafe. My senses were delighted by the scent of freshly-made crêpes, melted cheese and the occasional waft of espresso. The mid-century modern inspired decor boasted sleek lines, a warm color palette of mustard yellow and orange hues, marble white table tops, and spherical copper pendant lighting. At this point I was already smitten…and I hadn’t even ordered yet.
It doesn’t take long to realize there’s something unique about Crêpe Crazy, beyond the sophisticated decor and carefully-curated menu featuring a number of tantalizing options to satisfy cravings of both savory and sweet. As I glanced across the counter into the open kitchen, I noticed the kitchen staff was silent. Their preferred method of communication? Sign language.
“Point And Ye Shall Receive”
Despite my not knowing sign language, ordering was a breeze and the customer service didn’t miss a beat. Above the counter where orders are placed hangs a sign that prominently displays the words, “Point And Ye Shall Receive.” Posted on the counter below is a large menu. I simply had to point to items to make my selection, including any additions or modifications. The staff was welcoming and not once during my visit did I encounter any communication difficulties.
After only one visit, I have officially gone “crêpe crazy” because holy crêpe! These crêpes are really, really good. For my first time, I opted for the traditional Ham + Swiss, while my friend chose the Granny Smith Apple + Brie. A second visit to indulge my sweet tooth is already on my mind. For those with dietary restrictions, you’ll be pleased to know that Crêpe Crazy has a variety of vegetarian options and gluten-free batter is available upon request.
Crepe Crazy: Deaf-owned and Operated Business
Nearly 10 years ago, owners Vladimir and Inna Giterman started selling crêpes out of a food truck in downtown Austin and have since expanded to two brick-and-mortar locations. Their first restaurant opened in May 2014 in Dripping Springs and the second in South Austin in December 2015.
Not only are the owners, chefs and staff of Crêpe Crazy deaf, but so are their electricians and contractors. The Gitermans believe in supporting the local deaf community because they know how challenging it can be for those who are deaf to find jobs. Crêpe Crazy provides the deaf with a work environment free from communication barriers.
Crêpe Crazy may be the only deaf-owned restaurant in Austin, but overall our city is known for being very deaf-friendly. Of the 200 (and counting) deaf-owned businesses in the country, 30 reside in the Austin area (source: KXAN).
660B W. Hwy 290, Dripping Springs and 3103 S. Lamar Blvd. – Website
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