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The Beloved Restaurant Tim’s Place Is Closing, But for a Very Beautiful Reason

At TIm’s Place, hugs were always on the menu. So why did it close?

TIm’s Place is owned by Tim Harris, who has Down syndrome. He and his establishment have been featured in multiple news stories over the past five years, because he’s such a joy.


“When he was about 14 years old, he told us that someday he was going to own a restaurant. After we all gulped and gasped, we began to take him seriously, and the result is history in the making.” —Tim’s dad

After college, Tim was able to open his restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with help from his family. He offered free hugs all day, every day, in his restaurant, and it brought people from all over the country.

And his customers loved him. The total number of hugs that he gave out at his restaurant during its six-year run? 75,402.

So what made him decide to close the restaurant, even though it’s one of the hardest decisions he’s ever made?

Simple: Love.

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