Deaf Owned and Operated: Big Mango Cafe

Big Mango Cafe, located in Playa Vista, Califronia opened earlier this year, and has been greeted with rave reviews.  This cafe was developed as an expansion to Big Mango Catering, which has been in business since the early 1990s.  Big Mango offers dine in, take out, and catering services, and caters for big businesses such as Facebook, YouTube, and FOX news.  The menu includes healthy and nutritious food, which consists of sandwiches, salads, as well as breakfast items.  In addition, the cafe also hosts a Deaf Coffee Night, so be sure to visit their Facebook page for more information.

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Jonathan Weiss, chef and founder of Big Mango Catering/Cafe

The chef and founder, Jonathan Weiss, has a strong background in culinary arts and restaurant experience that spans more than 30 years.  Weiss was born into a family of restauranteurs, which goes back three generations.  He found his love for cooking at a young age when he began assisting with prep work for his grandfather’s restaurant when he was only five years old.  By the age of eight, he was cooking dinners for his family, and his love and talent for cooking continued to develop.  He attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to pursue a degree in Hotel, Travel, and Restaurant Management, and became the first Deaf person to graduate from the program.  Since then, Weiss has had the opportunity to work with several world renowned chefs, including Wolfgang Puck and Julia Child.  After opening the catering side of Big Mango with much success, he added the Big Mango Cafe in 2012.  Weiss currently has nine employees, in addition to two Deaf volunteers that he is training.  Big Mango Cafe and Jonathan Weiss were also recently featured on DeafNation’s “No Barriers” with Joel Barrish.

If you are visiting or living in Los Angeles, pay a visit to Big Mango Cafe, or consider having them cater for your next party or event.  Big Mango Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 2:30pm.  The cafe is located at 12035 E Waterfront Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90094.  For more information, visit their website at http://bigmangocatering.com.

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