This was bound to happen sooner or later, right? A 40-year old diner at Las Vegas’ Heart Attack Grill suffered a heart attack Saturday night while eating at the restaurant.
The Heart Attack Grill is a burger franchise that has playfully glorified obesity and unhealthy eating. Instead of waitresses, they have nurses. Instead of customers, they have patients. Even instead of an owner, you’ll find a “doctor” in a white coat and carrying a stethoscope. The restaurant is known for serving meals containing upwards of 8,000 calories and granting free meals to patrons over 350 pounds.
The 40-year old “patient” was eating a Triple Bypass burger when he began experiencing severe chest pains and “nurses” noticed him sweating. The restaurant owner called 911 and the man was wheeled out by paramedics.
The owner, “Doctor” Jon Basso, first thought the incident was a joke, but then called 911 when he realized what was really taking place, saying, “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.”
Blair River was a big man. The spokesman for the ubiquitous Heart Attack Grill, a restaurant known for serving extremely unhealthy food in jumbo portions, died on March 1 at the age of 29. The cause of his death was not released, but friends speculated that he contracted pneumonia after a battle with the flu.
Heart Attack Grill is known for its theatrical presentations and enormous portion sizes of some of the most unhealthy foods around. When customers enter the building, they are weighed, given a hospital gown and served by waitresses dressed as nurses.
Rogers had previously auditioned for The Biggest Loser and had not been selected. He used this denial to influence his future at Heart Attack Grill, and the restaurant staff got to know him as a customer before he was the spokesperson.
Profiled in the media for their insane menu, which consists of the biggest burgers available (called the single, double, triple and quadruple bypass burgers), fries deep fried in lard, butterfat shakes, no filter cigarettes and Jolt Cola, they’ve recently come under fire for their newest promotion and spokesman.