The self-proclaimed “world’s friendliest restaurant” sits in Albuquerque, N.M. and serves “breakfast, lunch and hugs” every day of the week.
The kicker? Tim’s Place may be the only restaurant in the country owned and operated by someone, 27-year-old Tim Harris, with Down syndrome, his parents say.
“When you have a kid with substantial disabilities you have to think a lot about their future,” Keith Harris, Tim’s father, told ABC News. “We were very motivated for Tim to have as normal as life as possible. Our philosophy as a family was to push the envelope as much as we could toward independence, so that one day when my wife and I are no longer in the picture, Tim will be settled and have his own life.”
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