Patron suffers a heart attack at Vegas Heart Attack Grill
At the Heart Attack Grill, diners are given surgical gowns as they choose from a menu offering "Bypass" burgers, "Flatliner" fries and buttermilk shakes.
Los Angeles Times
In one of the more unfortunate cases of a company living up to its name, a man dining at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas had what was on the menu: a heart attack.
The diner was eating a "Triple Bypass Burger" — including 1.5 pounds of beef and a dozen bacon slices — this weekend when he began complaining of chest pains, according to a report on KVVU-TV in Las Vegas. Paramedics arrived to treat the customer, who is recovering.
The restaurant opened in the fall in Las Vegas — a previous incarnation in Chandler, Ariz., closed — and quickly made headlines for its fatty foods, with meals that regularly feature nearly 10,000 calories. Servers are dressed — scantily — as "nurses" who take "prescriptions" from their "patients."
Eaters are given surgical gowns as they choose from the menu offering single-, double-, triple- and quadruple-"bypass" burgers, "Flatliner Fries" and buttermilk shakes.
"Patients" who weigh more than 350 pounds eat for free. "Taste worth dying for!" the restaurant's website crows.
The owner, "Doctor" Jon Basso — who doesn't have a medical background — said the incident was "horrible."
He said he could tell right away the man in his 40s eating the Triple Bypass burger was having trouble. He was sweating, shaking and could barely talk.
"It's not anything to be taken lightly," Basso said.
He blasted tourists and others who treated the man's illness as entertainment and mocked him.
He said the crowd should have been "sensitive to the poor guy; he's got a mom somewhere."
"I don't mind if people demonize me because that's part of our shtick; we're the bad guys of the hamburger industry," Basso added.
Giggles can be heard on the soundtrack of amateur video showing the man on a stretcher being wheeled out of the restaurant where patrons pass an antique ambulance at the door and a sign: "Caution! This establishment is bad for your health."
Despite the publicity about the heart attack and warnings about the restaurant's bad-for-you food on its door and menu, the Heart Attack Grill had a full house at midday Wednesday.
Material from The Associated Press is included in this report.