Tim's Place in Albuquerque serves food, hugs, and inspiration

By T.J. Murray,

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Tim's Place, a restaurant in Albuquerque, probably has great food, but what makes it newsworthy is its inspiring owner.

Tim Harris is the owner of Tim's Place and is known for greeting his customers with hugs. According to The Huffington Post, Harris is the first person with Down syndrome to own a restaurant.

The restaurant's website lists Harris' many accomplishments, including being named Homecoming King and Student of the Year in high school, graduating from Eastern New Mexico University, and winning dozens of gold medals as a Special Olympian.

Tim's Place is known as "the world's friendliest restaurant" and serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. But you have to stay for desert, which is advertised as calorie free on the website. Here's a hint as to the recipe: the official hug count on the website reads 32,475.

According to the National Down Syndrome Society, Down syndrome is a result of "a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21." They also state that "Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition." Over 40,000 people in the U.S. live with Down syndrome.

March 21 was World Down Syndrome Day.

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