Victor Covarrubias, left, talks with his husband Lillouie Barrios, at their restaurant, Pah!, in Southeast Portland, Sept. 28, 2022. Barrios, who is deaf, had a vision to open a restaurant where he could serve the Deaf community as well as share Deaf culture with hearing people. The business name, Pah!, is American Sign Language slang for “finally” or “success”.

Queer, Latinx and deaf-owned: Inside Portland’s Pah! restaurant

A new business called Pah! is breaking ground, and it has not only made a splash locally, but already has seen customers from around the country and even around the world.

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