Las Vegas' Heart Attack Grill, known for its gimmicky hospital theme, hefty burgers and scantily clad nurse waitresses, has claimed yet another victim. A woman who had been drinking alcohol, eating and smoking lost consciousness and fell on the floor at the restaurant on April 21st, according to KVVU-TV.
The woman was in her mid-forties and had to be wheeled out by paramedics, according to Fox News. After ordering the Double Bypass Burger, she suffered an apparent heart attack and is expected to recover after being rushed to the hospital, KTNV.com reported.
In addition to the double-beef patty sandwiched between lard-covered buns, the woman was also drinking a margarita.
We attract an avant- garde clientele-thrill seekers, risk takers, owner John Basso said to the Los Angeles Times. He added that part of the Heart Attack Grill's allure is the dangerous health risks customers are susceptible to when consuming their super-sized meals. Basso referred to the grill as a bad for you but fun eater that attracts people who don't take good care of their health.
But with the second patron being hospitalized in a span of a little more than two months, is the Heart Attack Grill living up to its name a little too accurately?
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She was eating, drinking, smoking, laughing, dancing, having fun, Basso added to the Times. But when you treat your body like that day in and day out, eventually your body is going to give out.
In mid-February an unidentified customer suffered a heart attack, just at the restaurant's title insinuates, after consuming the Triple Bypass Burger. The oversized burger consists of three half-pound patties, 12 slices of bacon and five slices of cheese, topped with red onions, a slice of tomato, and the establishment's own special sauce. The man, said to be in his 40s, showed symptoms of a heart attack which included having the sweats and shaking after chowing down on the burger.
In addition to its boisterous burgers, the hospital-themed restaurant features waitresses clad in skin-tight nurses uniforms, French fries cooked in lard, and shakes made with pure cream: all the perfect ingredients for concocting a cardiac arrest. Basso plays the role of the staff cardiologist, sporting a doctor's coat and a stethoscope. After ordering a particularly large meal, which could include the notorious quadruple burger and a butterfat milkshake to wash it down, a nurse will wheel patrons out to their cars via wheelchair.
The Quadruple Bypass Burger includes up to 10,000 calories, the Los Angeles Times reports, and also offers free meals to patrons weighing more than 350 pounds. But according to Basso, his cardiologist-character seeks to cure the world of anorexia and sobriety, and says that legal issues aren't a big concern.
Unlike cigarettes, I have had warnings and labels since Day 1 when we opened in 2005 telling people how bad our food is for you, he said to the Times. I think that skirts any liability we might have.
Check out Fox 5's on-the-scene video coverage of the Heart Attack Grill's second reported medical episode.