Harris, who has Down’s Syndrome, is known for hugging all of his customers, true to the restaurant’s promise of serving “breakfast, lunch, and hugs.”
According to his website, Harris has given more than 60,000 hugs, and has even hugged Stevie Wonder and President Obama. He is also the only restaurant owner in the country with Down’s Syndrome, and last year launched Tim’s Big Heart Foundation, a non-profit that provides the intellectually disabled with opportunities to start their own businesses.
In Albuquerque, Tim’s Place will close after a final service just before Christmas, on December 20. In Denver, Harris has narrowed down his next restaurant location two one of two spots. Harris hopes to open his new location by next fall.