For those who doubt the power of love Tim's Place, a restaurant owned by a man with Down Sydnrome, is an inspiring story that will affect even the the most cynical, according to John Stonestreet, who recently dined at Tim's Place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to an article in the Christian Post today Sunday, Sept. 28. Stonestreet's attention was caught by a sign which read, "Breakfast, Lunch and Hugs."
Tim Harris, 26-year old Albququerque, N.M. man, owns and runs the successful restaurant "Tim's Place" which is a thriving success and was recently featured on CNN which did a program about Tim who was a Down Syndrome baby. Recently, Tim recalled that a few minutes after he was born the doctors met with his parents and informed them their baby had Down Syndrome.
Shortly thereafter, his parents were told by many well-meaning friends, "We are so sorry."
Time said on CNN, "I guess those people didn't realize how totally awesome I would be."
His parents weren't sorry at all. Tim Harris went on to graduate from high school and college. He then went on to establish his restaurant. Anyone who wants to discover more about Tim's Place should check it out on YouTube.
Stonestreet said that when he took his family to the restaurant, he and his three daughters were greeted with hugs by Tim. They later were awarded with certificates that designated them as Cute Princesses. His girls were excited as they were presented their hand-written awards in front of all the other customers of the restaurant that day.
Tim was voted homecoming king when he graduated from El Paso High School in 2004. He went on to graduate from Eastern New Mexico University. He opened his restaurant in 2010.
Stonestreet, who has a weekly radio show on Breakpoint , said Tim's story is evidence that all human beings are made in the image of God. Stonestreet is a Christian leader who regularly writes and speaks about a Christian Worldview.
Tim advertises his restaurant as "the world's friendliest restaurant."
Tim told CNN during an interview that his favorite item on the menu is "Tim Hugs."
"I've given out about 40,000 hugs so far," he estimated.
He further said growing up with three brothers was a lot of fun, saying, "They treated me like a brother, not like someone special or different. They never let me use my disability to get out of doing the dishes. Though I tried."
He joked that when he moved to Roswell, N.M. to attend college to get his restaurant degree he discovered that there are indeed aliens.
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