Tim Harris runs what's been called "the world's friendliest restaurant."
The 27-year-old Albuquerque man is believed to be the first restauranteur with Down Syndrome owning and operating his own restaurant in the United States.
Harris owns the popular Tim's Place, where "free hugs" are his specialty.
"The hugs are way more important than the food. I mean food is just food," he told AOL.
According to a counter at the front of the diner, more than 32,000 hugs have been given to customers so far.
The restaurant was Harris' dream since he was 14.
"I wanted to own a restaurant ever since I was a kid. That was my dream," Harris told StoryCorps.
Harris worked in various restaurants before his parents helped him open the New Mexican breakfast-and-lunch spot. Tim's Place quickly became a town favourite —Read More »from Get your hugs at Tim’s Place, the world’s ‘friendliest restaurant’