Heart Attack Grill strikes again.
The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, NV was the site of an actual heart attack in February, and on Saturday, a woman collapsed as the result of the second heart attack at the aptly named restaurant.
The Heart Attack Grill is proud of their reputation for serving food that is bad for your health, boasting slogans like “Taste worth dying for.”
“We attact an avant-garde clientele—thrill seekers, risk takers,” Owner Joe Basso told the Los Angeles Times, adding that the restaurant is, “bad for you but fun,” and, “attracts people who don’t really take good care of their health.”
Basso also reported that the woman had been drinking a margarita and smoking a cigarette before she collapsed.
“She was drinking, smoking, laughing, dancing, having fun,” Basso said, “But when you treat your body like that day in and day out, eventually your body is going to give out.”
The Heart Attack Grill wheels out—on actual wheel chairs—items like the “Single,” “Double,” “Triple,” and “Quadruple Bypass Burgers,” the latter weight in at 32 ounces of beef and served up with 20 strips of bacon. Butterfat Shakes are made with pure cream, and the Flatliner Fries are fried in pure lard.
A sign on the door at the Heart Attack Grill reminds customers that it is a cash only establishment, “because you might die before the check clears.” If you weigh more than 350 pounds, don’t worry about hitting the ATM. You eat for free.
Joe Basso calls his customers “patients,” and now it turns out a couple of them have been called patients by Las Vegas hospitals, too. But Basso isn’t worried that his “patients” will sue.
“Unlike cigarettes, I have had warning labels since Day one when we opened in 2005 telling people how bad our food is for you. I think that skirts any liability we might have,” Basso has said.
A sign on the door at the Heart Attack Grill reads, “Caution! This establishment is bad for your health.”
Joe Basso said that he’s been following the woman’s condition and that she is recovering at a Las Vegas hospital.
The woman was eating a Double Bypass Burger when she suffered the apparent heart attack. The largest burger, the Quadruple Bypass Burger, comes in at 9,993 calories, which is a new Guinness World Record.
A place like the Heart Attack Grill is sure to attract criticism, especially after multiple patrons have had actual heart attacks while dining in the establishment. But, Basso says the restaurant’s bad rap says more about the diners than the ownership. Signs cover the restaurant touting the new World Record spot, and the calorie count is certainly no secret.
“So what is it about someone who sees that sign and sees that this burger has 9,993 calories in it, and that person says, ‘I want one of those.’”