At Tim’s Place, a local restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the comfort isn’t just in the food. Known as the “world’s friendliest restaurant,” Tim’s Place is a local favorite with a national reputation for good food, an inviting atmosphere and free hugs.
Tim Harris [pictured: left], a native of Albuquerque, is the man behind the restaurant. He was born with Down syndrome, but his condition hasn’t slowed him down one bit. Tim has been a homecoming king, a Special Olympian, a skilled sailor and a college graduate. Since 2010, he’s also been a successful small business owner.
Since opening Tim’s Place with the help of his dad and brothers, Tim wakes up every morning at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for work. Throughout the day, he welcomes guests with a big hug and his contagious smile. According to the Official Hug Counter in the restaurant and on its website, Tim has given more than 42,000 hugs to date. Judging by his passion and energy, he won’t be stopping any time soon!
Tim’s life has always been about exceeding expectations. Whether he’s sailing around the Bahamas with his parents or treating them to dinner at his restaurant, he’s definitely exceeding everyone’s expectations. Now, he’s helping others like him do the same. Tim’s Place is a loyal supporter of the Special Olympics of New Mexico and the National Down Syndrome Congress, which advocates on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome and increases public awareness of the condition.
All small businesses have a unique and authentic story behind them, but few stories are as inspiring as Tim’s. If you’re in the Albuquerque area, be sure to visit Tim’s Place – open for breakfast, lunch and hugs every day! Even if you’re not in the area, you can leave a note for Tim and support the cause by visiting www.timsplaceabq.com.