ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —An Albuquerque restaurant owner is back in the national spotlight and is set to take his trademark hugs all the way to ABC's "The View."
There are a number of reasons to check out Tim's Place restaurant, but many come to see Tim Harris. Harris, who has Down syndrome, opened up shop in northeast Albuquerque years ago.
His inspiring story draws patrons from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Many see his story on social media and come to check out his cheery personality and free hugs.
"I want people to feel all the love," Harris said.
"The View" flew Harris and his family to New York City earlier this week to record a segment. A love for the movie "Sister Act" had Harris pumped up about the trip.
"I love Whoopi Goldberg. I can't wait to meet her," he said.
It's been a busy week for the restaurant owner. The segment was filmed Tuesday and he had to hurry back to start his annual Hug-A-Thon. Harris hopes to raise $10,000 through the Hug-A-Thon for local firefighters. It could take as many as 2,000 hugs to reach that goal.
Viewers can see Harris' interview on "The View" starting at 10 a.m. Friday on KOAT-TV.