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Heart Attack Grill put to test as patron suffers heart attack

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Sam Morris

The recently opened Heart Attack Grill is seen in the old Jillian’s space at Neonopolis on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.

The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas perhaps lived up to its name Saturday night.

Jon Basso, the quirky restaurant’s owner or “chief surgeon,” said employees summoned medical help when they noticed a patron showing signs of a heart attack.

Paramedics arrived within minutes and transported the man, believed to be in his 40s, to a hospital, Basso said. The restaurant, 450 Fremont St., has not learned the man’s identity or his condition, Basso added.

The situation unfolded when Basso said a “nurse” — the restaurant’s lighthearted nickname for servers — noticed the man, who was eating alone, shaking and clutching his chest.

“It’s enough to scare anybody straight,” Basso said.

Despite the coincidence’s comical nature, Basso said he hoped people would respect the man’s privacy and appreciate the seriousness of the medical episode.

“When they happen in a heart attack-themed restaurant, people find it funny,” he said, acknowledging national interest in the incident.

The restaurant, which opened in the fall, sits near the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas and caters to its name by referring to customers as “patients,” servers as “nurses” and food orders as “prescriptions.”

And the menu doesn’t fall short of the theme either: It boasts everything from a “single bypass” (a single hamburger patty with cheese and toppings) to an 8,000-calorie “quadruple bypass” (four hamburger patties with slices of cheese and all toppings).

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  1. Comment removed by moderator. Inappropriate

  2. I'll try again (previous comment deleted). This is a direct commentary on how this country's people are degenerating into sloth and indifference. The military is having a hard time getting recruits that meet the weight standards required for service. Keep it up America!!! The military depends upon folks who have some basic idea of how much they should weigh. Fatsos need not apply! When we're all breathing on respirators and are giant fatsos, it will be too late.

  3. "This is a direct commentary on how this country's people are degenerating into sloth and indifference."

    Right on Gary. America, the land of 4 ply toilet paper with instructions on the package for proper use, prides itself in super consumption to the point of "waste it" even if you don't use or need it. The same theme is applied to Nature: God is on our side and if we don't make it on Earth, the Afterlife will be there to birth us again. Bring me another burger with extra fries. (Hiccup)

  4. Maybe the Heart Attack Grill should install a Vomitorium to reduce it's liability expenses.

  5. Truth in advertising...

    How refreshing!

    By the end of the day, anyone with an internet connection will have read all about it; the video/story has predictably gone viral.
    A monument to gluttonous excess...much like the rest of the entity known as 'Vegas, baby!'.

    Watching a 400 pound dude tip the scales and proudly disembark to partake of his 'free heart attack' is uniquely American and patently disgusting.

    Almost as grotesque and irredeemable a venture as 'Competitive Eating' contests.

  6. Well, somebody is already calling for this place to close up. Check this story from the AP wire: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/feb...

  7. How poetic.