Almost 100 diners share this intimately spaced dining experience in groups of 12 per table. The Blind Café utilizes various venues to facilitate the optimum dark experience the café concept is built upon.
Somewhere in the development of the concept for Rosh was the thought to fold in actual blind waiters. In speaking with a blind person Rosh knew, she encouraged the idea. Rosh is careful to couch the café’s experience to NOT be attempting to emulate an actual blind experience as most blind people have some experience of light or sight. It does open a forum for diners to learn more from the blind staff however about their experience and level the playing field for the blind with the sighted when in the café. The Blind Café has become a business which Rosh indicated was required for its sustainability though they possess a 501c3 nonprofit status in Boulder and will be doing fundraising work to benefit puppy guide dog programs.
Me, admittedly having squirreled my water bottle into my lap for the evening for fear of accidentally ‘sharing’. I’m sure not in the spirit of the event but I’ll admit my foibles. And it was 90 degrees.
The concert portion of the evening. Listening to the music in the dark definitely heightened the attention to all the sounds.