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“They’ve taught me some sign language, and I’ve taught them some sushi skills,” co-owner John Yamashita said.

Mr. Yamashita estimates that 10 percent to 15 percent of his customers are hearing-impaired.

“It seems like all the bars we have on H Street have adapted to their needs,” he said.

In turn, the deaf community has proved to be among their most loyal clientele.

“It’s an awesome dynamic for us and the whole H Street area,” he said.