You’re just as likely to be offered a hug as you are a menu when you visit Tim’s Place, a new eatery in the Sycamore Plaza shopping center at the corner of Wyoming and Academy. It just may be one of the friendliest restaurants in town, serving up great food, good service, and a generous serving of free hugs. In fact, the restaurant’s motto is to fill their clientele’s “huge appetite for being genuinely welcomed, connected with, touched, appreciated, and genuinely cared for”. And on top of it, they serve up great home-style cooking to boot.
The restaurant is the culminating dream of Tim Harris, a young man who has already exceeded the expectations of many and broken down many of the barriers which often challenge those born with Down’s Syndrome. Voted Homecoming King in highschool and named Student of the Year as a 2004 graduate of Eldorado High School, Harris has already accrued an enviable collection of Special Olympics medals as well. Harris makes a point to greet patrons of his new restaurant, tell them about his place and then offer the best thing on the menu – a hug.
General Manager Daniel Meeker serves up a wide variety of food, from a full breakfast menu to some of the best burgers in town. We visited recently on a Sunday and were seated right away. The place was filled with families dressed in their Sunday best, couples spending the morning relaxing and reading the paper and a few tables of young teens meeting up on the weekend. The place is bright and airy, and our server took a seat at our table while she told us about the menu. ($5-9 for most dishes)
Hours: 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 7 days a week
Address: 8050 Academy Blvd. NE, Suite 101, Albuquerque, NM 87111