A woman in her forties collapsed at the Heart Attack Grill in the City of Sin and was carried away unconscious by a team of paramedics.
Just two months ago, another customer collapsed and suffered a heart attack while indulging a triple bypass burger. Let us not omit the relevant death of the restaurant’s 575-pound spokesman, who passed away one year ago as well.
Business at the venue continues to be brisk, however, as people are drawn to the diner’s world-famous monster burgers - and the restaurant’s decidedly self-mocking spirit.
For starters, there is a sign which warns you unequivocally that "This Establishment is Bad for Your Health." Restaurant owner Jon Basso says he cannot be accused of hiding the danger. "Unlike cigarettes, I have had warnings labels since Day 1 when we opened in 2005 telling people how bad our food is for you," he told the Los Angeles Times." I think that skirts any liability we might have."
However, he does wish the customer a speedy and full recovery, but she cannot say she wasn’t warned. She got exactly what she asked for: a brush with death.
“We attract an avant-garde clientele — thrill seekers, risk takers,” he continued in his interview with the LA Times, adding that his restaurant is a “bad for you but fun” restaurant that “attracts people who don’t really take good care of their health.”
The Heart Attack Grill is a hospital-themed eatery which aims to poke fun at the grim warnings of the medical establishment against the type of food being served. Waitresses wear skin-tight faux nurses’ uniforms and Basso himself struts around as the establishment’s cardiologist, complete with a white coat and a stethoscope.
Diners are called patients, and the menu reminds the clientele that they are indulging in life-and-death habits: “Flatliner” fries cooked in lard, shakes made with pure cream, and four varieties of “bypass” burgers – as in single, double, triple or quadruple bypass.
The Quadruple Bypass Burger has recently earned the dubious prize in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most caloric sandwich on earth, packing almost 10,000 whopping calories.
Basso is making no secret of it. As a matter of fact, he will be posting signs promoting the new spot in the Guinness World Records book all over the restaurant.
“I tell you, we attract that very bleeding edge, that avant-garde of risk takers,” he said.