I wake up at 5:30, get a shower, do my morning routine, go around 7:30 to come to work. I am so excited to go to work, so I do a dance-off in the parking lot. It's a dance of magic. We serve breakfast, lunch, and hugs.The hugs are the best parts.
I am Tim Harris, and this is my place. Oh, yeah!
Hey, guys. Welcome to our place. How you doing?
I'm good! How are you?
Those are the best part, buddy. I love you.
Have you been here before?
No, I've never been here before.
Well, I'm Tim. I'm the owner.
Tim's Place is the special place to be at, because it's run and operated by me.
Hey, you guys are doing a great job back here. I love you, guys. You guys are the best cooks ever.
Since I was a kid, I wanted to own a restaurant and asked my dad to help me out. I'm very glad I did.
Thank you, dad. I love you so much.
I love you too, buddy. I'm very proud of you.
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.
They support me so I can live up my dreams.
I'm amazingly proud of my brother—just what he's accomplished in his lifetime. I mean, people can only dream, you know?
I love you all.
I love you too, honey.
As far as we know, we have not yet found another person with Down syndrome in this country that owns their own restaurant. We hope that other people will, though.
My favorite part of all is the people coming through that front door.
How are you doing today?
Good! How are you?
Sometimes, customers get sad. I give them a hug and then they feel a lot better.
Thank you, Tim.
The hugs are way more important than the food. The food is food, though.
How about a double hug?
Yeah, double hug.
I love you, guys.
I am a lean mean hugging machine. Oh, yeah!
So let me get this straight. Tim, you're a restaurant steward, and a Special Olympics athlete, and you won a gold medal.
I won more medals than Michael Phelps.
Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah!
I did not let my disability crush the dreams. With people who have disabilities, they can do anything they set their minds to. They're special. We are a gift to the world.