The world could use a lot more people like Tim Harris and his parents
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#1 Mar 5, 2013
Man with Down syndrome owns, operates worlds friendliest restaurant that doles out kindness
Tim Harris, a university graduate, medal-winning Special Olympian and motivational speaker, owns Tims Place in Albuquerque, where every customer is offered a hug free of charge.
The self-proclaimed worlds friendliest restaurant sits in Albuquerque, N.M. and serves breakfast, lunch and hugs every day of the week.
The kicker? Tims Place may be the only restaurant in the country owned and operated by someone, 27-year-old Tim Harris, with Down syndrome, his parents say.
When you have a kid with substantial disabilities you have to think a lot about their future, Keith Harris, Tims father, told ABC News.We were very motivated for Tim to have as normal as life as possible. Our philosophy as a family was to push the envelope as much as we could toward independence, so that one day when my wife and I are no longer in the picture, Tim will be settled and have his own life.
Restaurateur Tim Harris has doled out more than 32,000 hugs to customers at his eatery, Tims Place, in Albuquerque.
Its been a dream of Tims to own and operate a restaurant since he was 13 and hes let nothing get in his way. The entrepreneur has always been a high achiever, according to his restaurants website, which details his selection as Homecoming King in high school and his graduation from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in food service and office skills. Tim is a gold medal-winning Special Olympian, a sailor and fisherman, motivational speaker and, as of 2010, a business owner. He works six days a week, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., greets and welcomes his customers and oversees several employees.
Tim works the room like a gifted politician and visits every table, Keith Harris told ABC.
Since he opened the family restaurant, Tim has served up plenty of breakfasts and lunches. But theres one calorie free, and free of charge, menu item Tim loves most to dish up: a Tim hug. A hug counter on the diners website shows 32,475 squeezes given out - with more to come.
A satisfied customer getting the special at Tim's Place, a restaurant run by Tim Harris, who has Down syndrome.
I love giving all the customers a hug because I want them to feel comfortable and connected and being around friends, Tim told KRQE-TV in an interview.
My business is all about the people coming through that door, he added.
Customers love coming to Albuquerques Tims Place, owned by Tim Harris, who lifts up his clientele with a free hug.
He has this unique quality where he is happy literally every day, his mother, Jeannie Harris, told the TV station.
Tim lives in his own apartment next to the restaurant and has had a girlfriend, Whitney, for the last 10 months, ABC reported.
I tell other people about my story, and with people with disabilities, I tell them that they can follow their dreams, Tim said.
Since: Mar 11
#2 Mar 5, 2013
You are right,the world needs more people like Tim.God bless him and his mom & dad.
#3 Mar 5, 2013
I bet he doesn't post on this forum ...
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