Heart Attack Grill

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Heart Attack Grill
Limited liability company
Industry Full service cafe
Founded 2005 (2005)
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Owner Diet Center LLC
Website www.heartattackgrill.com

The Heart Attack Grill is an American hamburger restaurant in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada (formerly located in Tempe, Arizona). It makes a point of serving as unhealthy food as possible, i.e. food which would cause a heart attack (in which case the meal is free).

The establishment is a hospital theme restaurant: waitresses ("nurses") take orders ("prescriptions") from the customers ("patients"). Each patient dons a hospital gown and wrist band before ordering and those who do not finish their meal receive a paddling by one of the "nurses" with the option to buy the tainted paddle afterwards. The menu includes "Single", "Double", "Triple", "Quadruple", all the way up to "Octuple" "Bypass" hamburgers,[1] ranging from 8 to 32 ounces (230 to 910 g) of beef (up to about 8,000 calories (33,000 kJ)), all-you-can-eat "Flatliner Fries" (cooked in pure lard), beer and tequila, and soft drinks such as Jolt and Mexican-bottled Coca-Cola made with cane sugar.[2] Customers over 350 lb (160 kg) in weight eat for free if they weigh in with nurse waitress before eating. Beverages and to-go orders are excluded and sharing food is also not allowed for the free food deal.[3]


Quadruple Bypass Burger offered by Heart Attack Grill

The Heart Attack Grill was founded in 2005 in Tempe, Arizona, by Jon Basso, with the declared intent of serving "nutritional pornography",[4] food "so bad for you it's shocking".[5] 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. A second Heart Attack Grill opened in Dallas, Texas in May 2011, but closed in October 2011.[6]

One of the restaurant's promotions is a reward for customers who finish a Triple or Quadruple Bypass Burger, after which they are placed on a wheelchair and wheeled out to their vehicle by their "personal nurse".[7]


The restaurant's spokesman, 575-pound (261 kg) Blair River, died on March 1, 2011, aged 29, from complications of pneumonia.[8] The Arizona location closed shortly thereafter, on May 31, 2011.[9]

The Dallas location suffered a similar fate within a few months after that. According to a blog entry in the Dallas Morning News,[10] as of October 12, 2011, the locks at the West End location were changed due to nonpayment of rent. Additionally, food critic Scott Reitz of the Dallas Observer reported being unable to reach the manager by phone and that the restaurant's official website had been "scrubbed of any Dallas location information".[11]

On February 11, 2012, a customer suffered what was reported to be an apparent heart attack while eating a "Triple Bypass Burger" at the grill.[12] Restaurant owner Jon Basso called 9-1-1 and the customer was taken to the hospital.[13][14] 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."[12]

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 Las Vegas restaurant.[15] Other similar incidents include on April 21, 2012, when a woman fell unconscious while eating a Double Bypass Burger, drinking alcohol and smoking.[15][16]


Double Bypass Burger & Flatliner Fries with a bottle of Mexican Coke

The most remarkable thing on the menu is its vegan suggestion: cigarettes.

All soft drinks served contain sugar.

The menu is deliberately tacky. All that is offered is the worst fast food: burgers, fries, and onion rings, “fried in lard” as the menu specifies. The burgers are smothered in bacon and cheese, additions which make them tastier, fattier, and even less healthy.


Heart Attack Grill has deliberately courted controversy as a marketing strategy.[2] The restaurant has been criticized and drawn complaints for its breastaurant style portrayal of nurses.[17]

The Quadruple Bypass Burger with 9,982 calories (41,760 kJ) has been identified as one of the "world's worst junk foods".[18] It 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.[19][20]

The restaurant was featured on an episode of Extreme Pig-outs on the Travel Channel, All You Can Eat on The History Channel,[2] World's Weirdest Restaurants on Food Network Canada, ABC News,[21] on a CBS report with Bill Geist,[22] on Khawatir 10 on MBC,[23] on 7 Deadly Sins on Showtime,[24] on the pilot episode on Fluffy Breaks Even and The Kyle Files.[25]

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  1. ^ Lee, Robyn. "Heart Attack Grill Is Up Front About Slowly Killing You | A Hamburger Today". Aht.seriouseats.com. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b c Edelhauser, Kristin. "Heart Attack Grill-an anti-marketing strategy that works". Entrepreneur.com. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  3. ^ "Heart Attack Grill". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Heart Attack Grill Turns Bad Press Into Big Business | Wall Street Fighter". Wallstreetfighter.com. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Heart Attack Grill". Popgive.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved December 26, 2008. 
  6. ^ Wolke, Alice (May 13, 2011), Protest Greets 'Heart Attack Grill' Opening in Dallas, myfoxdfw.com, archived from the original on August 21, 2011 
  7. ^ Briggs, Bill. "Heart Attack Grill serves bypass burgers, flatliner fries". msn.com. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Weldon B. (March 3, 2011), "575-pound Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies", The Arizona Republic, Gannett, OCLC 61312426, retrieved March 4, 2011 
  9. ^ Jensen, Edythe (June 1, 2011), "Chandler Heart Attack Grill Closes", The Arizona Republic 
  10. ^ "Is Heart Attack Grill in cardiac arrest?". Dallasnews.com. October 13, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Heart Attack Grill Continues Death Spasms". Dallasobserver.com. October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b DeLucia, Matt (February 15, 2012). "Man suffers heart attack while dining at Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas". Fox 5 Vegas. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ Jaslow, Ryan (February 15, 2012). "Man suffers heart attack at Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas: Report". CBS News. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Man suffers heart attack at Heart Attack Grill - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU". FOX5 Vegas. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  15. ^ a b Paul Takahashi (February 11, 2013). "Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies from heart attack". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ AP (April 23, 2012). "2nd patron falls ill at hospital-themed restaurant". Associated Press. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Waitresses Dressed as Nurses Rile Real RNs". FoxNews.com. December 9, 2006. Retrieved December 26, 2008. 
  18. ^ "World's best jumbo junk food | The Sun |Features". The Sun. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  19. ^ Fowle, Zach (31 August 2010). "Heart Attack Grill's Quadruple Bypass Burger Challenge". phoenixnewtimes.com. 
  20. ^ "Heart Attack Grill, Where a Burger is 8,000 Calories and the Fries are Cooked in Lard". friendseat.com. 
  21. ^ Nightline from ABC News: The Heart Attack Grill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqf_SIQ3JAk
  22. ^ CBS. November 25, 2008. A Meal To Die For on YouTube.
  23. ^ "خواطر 10 - الحلقة 7 - الأكل المزيف - YouTube". Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  24. ^ Maharana, Kabita (14 August 2014). "Heart Attack Grill on Showtime's 7 Deadly Sins: Restaurant Owner 'Not Guilty' of Employee Deaths, Says Sacrifices Have to be Made". ibtimes.co.uk. 
  25. ^ "The Kyle Files Episode 1". "ITV Press Centre". Retrieved 2017-02-28. 

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