Heart Attack Grill
|Type||Limited liability company|
|Industry||Full service cafe|
|Headquarters||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
Number of locations
|Las Vegas, Nevada|
The Heart Attack Grill is an American hamburger restaurant in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, (formerly located in Chandler, Arizona). It makes a point of serving food that is very unhealthy and high in fat, sugar, and cholesterol; in other words, food that, if eaten frequently, will increase the chance of a heart attack, hence the name.
The menu is generally themed around items that are exceptionally high in calories and fat. It includes "Single", "Double", "Triple", "Quadruple", all the way up to "Octuple Bypass" hamburgers, ranging from 8 to 64 ounces (230 to 1,810 g) of beef (up to about 16,000 calories (67,000 J)), all-you-can-eat "Flatliner Fries" (cooked in pure lard), beer and tequila, "butterfat milkshakes," and soft drinks such as Mexican-bottled Coca-Cola made with cane sugar. Customers can also order unfiltered cigarettes, or candy cigarettes for children.
Customers over 350 lb (160 kg) in weight eat for free, if they weigh themselves on a scale before eating. Beverages and to-go orders are excluded and sharing food is also not allowed for the free food deal. One of the restaurant's promotions is a reward for customers who finish a Triple or Quadruple Bypass Burger, after which they are placed in a wheelchair and wheeled out to their vehicle by their "personal nurse".
The establishment is a hospital theme restaurant: waitresses ("nurses") and waiters ("doctors") take orders ("prescriptions") from the customers ("patients"). Each patient dons a hospital gown and wristband before ordering.
The Heart Attack Grill was founded in 2005 in Tempe, Arizona, by Jon Basso, with the declared intent of serving "nutritional pornography," food "so bad for you it's shocking." The idea came when writing a marketing thesis about fitness training studios, as he became inspired by stories about his clients cheating on their diets.
The Arizona location closed on May 31, 2011, with a Heart Attack Grill opening in Dallas, Texas, earlier that month. The Dallas restaurant closed in October 2011 due to non-payment of rent, and the restaurant's official website was scrubbed of any Dallas location information.
The Las Vegas location opened in October 2011.
Illnesses and deaths
On February 11, 2012, a customer suffered what was reported to be an apparent heart attack while eating a "Triple Bypass Burger" at the restaurant. Restaurant owner Jon Basso called 9-1-1 and the customer was taken to the hospital. Reportedly patrons thought it was a stunt and started taking photos. Basso later said, "I actually felt horrible for the gentleman because the tourists were taking photos of him as if it were some type of stunt. Even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that."
In February 2013, an unofficial spokesman and daily patron, 52-year-old John Alleman, died of an apparent heart attack while waiting at a bus stop in front of the restaurant.
The Quadruple Bypass Burger with 9,982 kilocalories (41.76 MJ) consists of four half-pound beef patties, twenty strips of bacon, eight slices of American cheese, a whole tomato and half an onion served in a bun coated with lard.
In 2012 and 2009 a video published by ABC News called "Heart Attack Grill: Monument to Greasy Gluttony" and another video covering the Heart Attack Grill called "The Heart Attack Grill: Restaurant that promotes unheathy food". It was not until years later in June of 2021 were it got more attention by Penguinz0 in a video called "Real Supervillian Gives People Heart Attacks" reacting to the video created in 2012 (Monument to Greasy Gluttony).
The restaurant was featured on an episode of Extreme Pig-outs on the Travel Channel All You Can Eat on The History Channel, World's Weirdest Restaurants on Food Network Canada, ABC News, on a CBS report with Bill Geist, on Khawatir 10 on MBC, on 7 Deadly Sins on Showtime, on the pilot episode on Fluffy Breaks Even, and The Kyle Files.
In Spain, it appeared in the thirty-third episode of the seventh season of the television program Madrileños por el mundo, dedicated to Las Vegas, and also in the tenth episode of the second season of the television program Viajeros Cuatro, also dedicated to Las Vegas.
- Junk food
- List of restaurants in the Las Vegas Valley
- List of hamburger restaurants
- Obesity in the United States
- Food challenge
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