When Melody and Russ started their pizza business in 2011, they witnessed firsthand how the deaf people in their community struggled to get hired by other companies. So they shifted their focus to cross-training; their mission was to give Deaf employees an opportunity to work whether they had no or little job experience. In addition, they removed any communication barrier by creating a 100% accessible workplace using American Sign Language. They know very well that Deaf people are quick learners, and hiring them builds their confidence.
On the food side of the business, Melody and Russ draw inspiration from their respective backgrounds- Melody hails from Hong Kong, and Russ grew up in New York City. As a result, their infusion dishes and pizzas received glowing reviews.
Making Neapolitan Pizza since 2011.
Melody and Russ launched their first Neapolitan pizzeria in San Francisco.
They received Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana Pizzaioli certifications, making them the first Deaf professional pizza makers.
They bought their first food truck, a San Francisco-inspired trolley. They drove the trolley across the country as their first food truck tour.
Bought a new truck! They drove the new truck across the country as their second food truck tour with Taysia, their daughter joining them.
They sold their restaurant to a Deaf non-profit organization.
TMRR Foods LLC is a family owned business with Taysia, Melody, Russ & Rylan representing the acronym with the first letters of their name.
pi00a, one of our new food brands, serves Neapolitan pizzas with an Asian influence.
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