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Man with Down syndrome opens and runs his own restaurant

By Mason White 1:19 PM March 5, 2013
Tim Harris 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) This is an amazing story about a man with Down syndrome who has reached the American dream.

Since he was a young child, 26-year-old Tim Harris, dreamed of having his own restaurant.

The friendly man with Down syndrome did not let anything come in the way of his dream of owning his own restaurant, and his devoted parents, Keith and Jeannie Harris, helped make his dream a reality.

Harris opened a restaurant called Tim’s Place, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and friendly hugs seven days a week.

Harris has given over 30,000 free hugs from opening day two years ago, according to the “hugs counter” which he proudly displayes on his wall.

Besides being an entrepreneur and restaurateur owner, Harris also has a college degree and gold medals from the Special Olympics.
“I have more medals than Michael Phelps,” Harris said proudly.

His parents raised him just as they have his three brothers to set themselves high-expectations and Harris is definitely living up to his potential.

As of now, Harris is the only restaurant owner in the world who has Down syndrome. He is happy to be a role model to others with disabilities to follow their dreams. His brother, Dan Harris, is the operations manager at Tim’s place.

During high school, Harris worked at a local Red Robin restaurant. There, he learned learned a lot about welcoming guests at a restaurant.

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