June 15, 2012

CBS News Features Restaurant Owner With Down Syndrome

Tonight CBS Evening News featured Tim's Place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Stand For Life posted a story earlier this year about Tim's Place.

This is my post from earlier this year.

Where have you seen "free hugs" on a menu at a restaurant? At Tim's Place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, along with breakfast burritos, enchiladas, burgers, and soups, one can get a "guilt free, calorie free" hug from the owner Tim Harris who has Down Syndrome.

The famous quote from Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it” has been the driving force behind the life of Tim Harris.  Tim has been working at restaurants since high school and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University's Roswell campus in 2008 with certificates in food service and office skills. The 4200 square foot establishment has an "all about Tim" theme. One will find photos displayed of Tim being crowned homecoming king at Eldorado High School in 2003, along with pictures of his many accomplishments in Special Olympics and of him giving hugs.

General Manager Daniel Meeker didn’t need any convincing to oversee Tim's Place.  “I don’t look at it as running a restaurant. We want people to come in and we want to provide them with love, loyalty, and a connection," said Meeker.  Tim Harris has proclaimed Tim's Place as the "World's Friendliest Restaurant."

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