“We believe that people have a huge appetite for being genuinely welcomed, connected with, touched, appreciated, and genuinely cared for.”
When Tim Harris was fourteen years old, his dream was to one day own his own restaurant. As he got older, he began to work his way through high school and college as a host in several chains such as Red Robin and Applebees, and took classes in Food Service in order to make his dream happen – just like many other young men do. In 2010 he reached his goal, and a lease was signed and construction began on Tim’s dream.
What’s so inspiring about this story – besides the success of a young graduate – is that Tim Harris was born with Down Syndrome. And when Tim’s Place opened in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June of 2012, he became the world’s first restaurant owner with Down Syndrome.
I love hearing about things like this, because Harris’s courage and belief in his dream has shown us all that no matter what obstacles we face in life, we are always capable of success. He managed to turn his “disability” into an asset, bringing something to the world that it’s sorely lacking – compassion and friendly interaction. It also just goes to show how big those “little things” really are, in the long run. The next time you think you can’t make a difference, just remember – there’s a business out there built on a smile and a hug.
Tim’s Place now serves Breakfast, Lunch, and Hugs 7 days a week, in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
“We believe too many experiences in our busy modern lives are impersonal, sterile, and devoid of genuine human connection. You won’t find that at Tim’s Place.”
Check out this video on Tim Harris, his family, and the restaurant: