Tim Harris – first Down’s syndrome restaurant owner in the country

Billy Soden
By Billy Soden
March 7, 2017Storiesshare

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“We Are A Gift To The World,” says Tim Harris, the first and only restaurant owner with Down’s Syndrome in the country. Tim’s Place is awesome, especially to Tim! He wakes up at 5:30 am every morning to leave for work by 7 am. The first thing Tim does before entering those work doors is to do the “Dance of Magic” in the parking lot. Why? Because he is so excited to go to work! You see, Tim owns the restaurant and he loves it!

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Tim Harris, the owner of “Tim’s Place” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the country’s only restaurant owner with Down’s Syndrome. They serve breakfast, lunch, and hugs – all hugs are free including double hugs if you want them. That is Tims favorite part, the people. “Food is food'” Tim chuckles, “people are way more important!”

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This restaurant was a dream come true for Tim. His parents share a story of how when Tim was 14-years-old, he was going to open his own restaurant, and he did. Tim said he couldn’t have done it without the support of his parents and his brother. Tim’s brother is “amazingly proud of his brother,” as he puts it. Tim is loved, that’s for sure. And he loves his patrons and staff as well. “You’re the best cooks ever,” Tim barks out to his busy kitchen staff. Sounds like a boss we’d all like to work for, doesn’t it?

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