Four years ago, Christophe Taveirne (50) opened the doors of his soup bar Sordo. He has been the sunshine behind the counter ever since. Being a deaf man in a hearing world allows him to offer his guests a welcome moment of silence, while always keeping sustainability in mind.
Everyone who enters Sordo always receives a warm welcome. Christophe’s bright smile feels like a prescribed dose of vitamin D. There is no language more universal than kindness.
Several signs are drawn on the wall behind the counter. Each image is bright and beautiful, just like a cartoon. This gives you an immediate insight into what ‘soup’ (moving your hand upwards as if you’re drinking soup) or ‘coffee’ (making a circle with your hand as if you’re grinding coffee) means in the Flemish sign language. The images were drawn by Filip Heyninck, a fellow deaf cartoonist.