One of a kind KFC in Karachi

I just got back from the newly opened KFC opposite Urdu College in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Or rather I should say Urdu University, not Urdu College. This is a one of a kind concept restaurant, with all the staff being hearing impaired (deaf). To communicate with them you need to use sign language, and there is a comprehensive guide on each table which tells you basic sign language as well as a little detail of the concept. A well-thought out concept and a very nice idea!

16 Comments so far

  1. Inspirex (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

    I visited one such kfc in dubai, about 3-4 years ago. This was at maktoum road, about five mins from deira tower.
    At my last visit, the building was demolished and i dont know whether the concept still exists at another location or not.

    I just hope the visitors to this branch are sensitive to the disabilities of the staff and dont start targeting them.

    Great and commendable effort by cupola.

  2. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:00 am


    I am amazed and very happy to learn this. Its about time our city starts to take care of our less fortunate citizens.

  3. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 2:03 am

    Cupola should indeed be congratulated for this,
    And yes the customers should be sensitive enough to respect them, I hope they do.
    It’s a must to visit place not only to get good food but also to pay tribute to it’s staff and to the Cupola Group.

  4. wasiq (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 3:42 am

    THIS IS NOT FUNNY….! cupola and KFC are shameless….

  5. karachi4eva (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 4:46 am

    thatz AWESOME mann….thatz da first place on my list to visit in karachi dis summer…

  6. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 5:06 am

    finally all are getting equal opportunity if employment in Pakistan.
    Will pay a visit for sure soon !! :)

  7. ovaceroo (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 6:39 am

    I have a bad feeling about this … civic sense is really lacking in our country and I hate to think that people might start poking fun at the staff. Also I must add that it is wrong to interpret this as a ‘concept’ restaurant; as if to say that the staff’s disability is something to marvel at. Gunsmoke went the ‘concept’ route with the whole slamming-things-on-the-table and emptying-ashtrays-on-the-floor malarkey … no doubt amusing initially but like any other concept, eventually expired. If Cupola intended this as a public service, kudos to them … its about time the stereotypical notion of disability involving a lifetime of dependance was erased from the general Pakistani mentality.

  8. Foize (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    Way to goooo….about time!!!

  9. Quake (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    mebbe theyre hoping that the mullahs wont burn down their kfc if they see a bunch of hearing impaired ppl.

    fat chance. this ones gonna burn the same way as nipa kfc.

  10. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    OVACEROO: This KFC will go a long way in erasing the stereotype of disabled people in our country. I think it will make a lot of people aware that people with handicaps are also just as human and just as capable as we all are. You are right that we as a country do not appreciate such people and think they only deserve pity. In my opinion, places like this are the ones that can really make a difference in people’s thinking.

  11. Maaz A. Khan (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 11:57 am

    I really don’t have words for my applauds to the KFC’s management. You guys rocks!

  12. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    Its a delight to see the efforts of Mckenzie foods, Cupola group to provide an oppurtunity for the handicapped, but like few others I do have my fears that people will react negatively to it because of the lack of patience in our society.

    Anyways, lets hope for the best. Thumbs up to cupola.

  13. Kashif (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

  14. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    My wholehearted support to Cupola group for opening more such outlets.

  15. turab (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 4:27 am

    Finally comercialization being put to good use.

    Kudos to KFC

  16. Zainub (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

    I share both the concern and the appreciation people above have already expressed, if people react to this positively then this ought to be of serious help in removing the taboos and stereotype associated with “special” people in Pakistan society, but that will require people visiting this KFC branch to show quite a level of maturity and sense. A brave move by KFC nevertheless, and you’ve got to commend it. Good to see not everyone is driven by the sole aim of earning more money but are also eager to realise their social responsibilities and are eager and willing to contribute positively to such responsibilities. Good to know.

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