Heart Attack Grill's top patron dies of a heart attack
February 13th, 2013
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John Alleman visited the Heart Attack Grill so often, the restaurant designed an entire line of clothing featuring a cartoon of its beloved "Patient Joe," and placed his face front and center on their menu. Now the restaurant reports via its Facebook page that its most loyal patron has passed away at age 52, from a heart attack.

The nighttime construction site security guard was never officially on the restaurant's payroll, but he was such a fixture at the Downtown Las Vegas restaurant, encouraging passersby to come in, he came to be known as its unofficial spokesman.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Alleman suffered a heart attack while waiting for a bus in front of the restaurant, which boasts highly caloric menu items such as the 9,982 calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger, Butterfat Milkshakes and Coronary Dogs.

Alleman remained at Sunrise Hospital until his brother Paul, his only surviving relative, made the decision to remove him from life support on Monday. Alleman passed away soon after.

A statement on the restaurant's Facebook page read, "To all who've given hopes and prayers for John's struggle in the cardio vascular unit, it ended humanely this morning at 10am. Dr Andy and Dr Jon were at bedside as John slipped into the next world. WE LOVE YOU BROTHER!"

"Dr. Jon" refers to Heart Attack Grill's owner Jon Basso. He is neither a medical professional nor a stranger to controversy - or loss of his most avid fans. The restaurant's previous 575-pound spokesman, 29-year-old Blair River, died in March 2011 at the age of 29. In February 2012, the restaurant made headlines when another patron suffered a heart attack while eating a Triple Bypass Burger.

Heart Attack Grill is perhaps best known for actively courting fans and nayayers alike with slogans like "Taste worth dying for!" and "Cash only, because you might die before the check clears."

Menu items like lard-fried "Flatliner Fries," highly caloric "Butterfat Shakes" and unfiltered cigarettes abound, scantily clad female servers dressed as nurses take orders as "prescriptions," and a house policy allows diners weighing over 350 pounds to eat for free.

Basso told the Las Vegas Sun that he currently has no plans to alter the Grill's menu, though it will remain closed the day of Alleman's funeral.

Previously - Man suffers heart attack while eating "Triple Bypass" burger at Heart Attack Grill



soundoff (830 Responses)
  1. Isky

    My response is a HUGE Belly Laugh. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    There is nothing more pleasing than seeing complete morons get what's coming to them. I will read this story daily for the next week and laugh with joy at the exit of two more moron strains from the gene pool. Look at that – I am laughing again!!!!

    February 13, 2013 at 9:09 am |
    • Lake_Surfer

      Damnit! You just about make me choke on my strawberry, banana smoothie! Now I can't stop laughing either!

      February 13, 2013 at 9:25 am |
    • Me

      You are probably a skinny geek that will die of aids soon.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:53 am |
      • Lake_Surfer

        now i'm laughing even more. i just showed your comment to my hot wife and my family doctor... they're laughing too fat ass!

        February 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  2. POD

    You just can't make stuff like this up.....coming soon ......Heart Attack Grille....The Movie

    February 13, 2013 at 9:09 am |
  3. Brad

    Places like this have to stay open, they are good for weeding out the incredibly stupid. I would eat their once a yeaar maybe, but if you want to go their all the time, then go for it. You get what you deserve.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Kate

      I agree Brad. You can't blame the restaurant. They're selling a product that people are buying. Each individual needs to take responsibility for their own actions.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • BJack

      Yep, just like smoking. Tabacco companies don't force you to buy cigarettes, but people do and die of lung cancer and other bad things. You are what you eat!

      February 13, 2013 at 9:40 am |
  4. George Klien

    Only in America do we celebrate such bold faced gluttony that affects our health. All of this adds to the huge medical issues in this country. Whats next Cancer Cafe where the feed you stuff that WILL give you cancer? Why is it smoking cigarettes and stuffing your face is no big deal until the day the doctor tells you you're dying of cancer and you go through chemotherapy why bother wasting the money on people that are still smoking and eating like pigs give it to the people that need it, cant afford it and dont smoke and eat like pigs.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • Brad

      Not just American, sadly, stupid exist world wide. In muslim countries supid blow themselves up, in others, they eat themselves to death.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:06 am |
    • POD

      ".....If you resolve to give up Smoking, drinking, and loving, you don't actually Live longer;

      It just seems longer....." Sir Clement Freud (Sigmund Freud's Grandson)

      February 13, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • Dan

      Read about Monsanto and where 90% of the food America eats comes from. Don't worry, we are actually all currently eating food that gives us cancer.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:19 am |
      • LJ

        Yeah, because so many people are being diagnosed recently that don't have family histories or other risk factors for cancer. I know I hear about those non-smoking, non-tanning, non-HIV positive vegetarians being diagnosed with cancer ALL the time.

        February 13, 2013 at 11:10 am |
  5. Farran

    As a heart attack survivor, it never ceases to amaze me that there will always be some who disregard their health with gluttony combined with stupidity. I am very sorry for this family's loss. Unfortunately, Mr. Alleman's death was all too foreseeable. I can't even talk about the restaurant and its owner.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • Pippa

      Maybe he died of a broken heart? RIP

      February 13, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  6. hannah1

    Well, there really is no cure for "stupid" is there? What do these monstrously fat people EXPECT will happen??????

    February 13, 2013 at 8:40 am |
    • Iowan

      The guy was not monstrously fat, as you say. Clearly, stupid is as stupid does, though.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  7. Skeptimist

    I heard they also have a spectator gallery where sophisticated people can drink expensive water and feel superior.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:35 am |
    • Nope

      If they aren't eating there, they are superior in intelligence.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  8. AllenJ

    The fare seems to be really gross. The fact that the place is still in business speaks volumes about the intelligence of the average consumer.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • Eddie

      Not crazy about this but does Dr Jon also have a penis enlargement grill somewhere?

      February 13, 2013 at 8:49 am |
  9. Mark

    I live in vegas and I ate there 3 times since it opened over year ago and theres no debate,its the most delicious, most incredible burger ever in the entire history of mankind. Having said that, theres a reason why I only ate there 3 times,its very unhealthy for you. Though unlike most people in this country (liberals obviously) I was born with common sense and the ability to use logic. If you go to the gym and have a normal diet like humans were meant to have then every now and then you can have this incredible 9,000 calorie monster of pure greatness. Or you can be a complete jerk and eat this stuff all the time while never going to the gym and die of a hard attack. Its should be every americans right to have the choice if they want to eat there or not and choose if they want to be healthy or be a pig and die early so its so sad for me to see so many people (mostly idiot liberals obviously) saying this place should be shut down. so for everyone who feels that way do this country a favor and move to cuba so you can get a reality check in your uptight life!

    February 13, 2013 at 8:25 am |
    • Graham

      Good sense is ignorant of politics. I'm a liberal, and I've got the good sense not to eat at a joint like that even once. A fast-food meal is one thing. But I'm not stuffing myself with a 9,000 calorie hamburger regardless of how good it's supposed to taste. That's just gluttonous.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:52 am |
      • Not Me

        I'm a lib too...and no I wouldn't eat there like the dead dude did....maybe once. I was also in Vegas recently and passed it right by.

        February 13, 2013 at 9:12 am |
      • Robin_NC

        I'm also a proud progressive liberal and I'd never eat at such a place. When it comes right down to it, all we have really is our health. I intend to live a long life. My hubby and I both love to cook and we can make food better than most restaurants without the valve clogging , heart stopping fat and calories. My only vice is pistachio/almond ice cream. The Heart Attack grill is not a good business plan when your food kills and your concept is morbid – eventually all your clients will be dead. Kinda like tobacco companies.

        February 13, 2013 at 9:37 am |
        • Wes Scott

          Robin, I always knew there had to be ONE non-smoker in North Carolina.

          February 13, 2013 at 10:51 am |
      • Seriously

        wow...it is amazing the stupidity that some have displayed with their comments. Really, you bring politics into this? Did you read the article? Wait, maybe you didnt understand the article. So let me explain it to you. This place makes a great burger you said so yourself. It took you three times to go there to realize it was unhealthy. So if a patient goes to a DR and the DR over medicates them and they die is that shame on the DR. IF a Customer goes into this establishment and eats food that is being made and knowingly being made very unhealthy then it is the customers fault. Dont get me wrong.. it is process of elimination the customers know this is unhealthy however so does the owner. FOr the love of Pete, his own PR person died from this crap.. but it cant all be just the customers fault.

        how does this owner lay his head down on his pillow and sleep at night knowing he is killing individuals with his food. This entire thing is ridiculous and the anti liberal guy can take his politics and shove them. Trust me that is healthier than the three times you have eaten at the establishment.

        February 13, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • Iowan

      Took you three trips figure that the food wasn't good for you, huh? I knew when I first heard about this place that it was definitely a place to stay away from. I would doubt this poor fellow was in great health before he started going to this restaurant, but it sure didn't help.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:13 am |
  10. martin

    Woo-hoo! More Social Security for me!

    February 13, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  11. Skeptimist

    An American-made product that works as advertised. What's all the whining about?

    February 13, 2013 at 8:22 am |
  12. Anon

    REAL men eat at heart attack grill! Those of you who say it shouldn't be open are PUSSIES!

    February 13, 2013 at 8:09 am |
  13. Dona Fellows

    God gave man free will not Congress. Therefore it's not the right of Congress to take free will away. Why do we let them do it? Free enterprise also has free will. It's their choice to utilize this campaign to promote their facility just as it is every patron's right to choose to eat there. Bless the family of the individual who passed, but you can't blame the restaurtant because the man chose to eat there, and apparently chose not to exercise to keep his body healthy.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:07 am |
    • Patrick

      If you actually took some time to really think about it, you would quickly realize that free will is simply an illusion. Everything we say and do is based on our past experiences. That is all our "decisions" are, the result of interactions between our genetic inheritance and our life experiences.
      In this case, over eating for this man is simply something he was unable to control. Most likely due to emotional trauma or self-esteem issues. It is sad really.
      Finally, if you want to over eat and get fat, then you must take responsibility for that and not expect the rest of society to pay for your bloated health-care cost.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:19 am |
      • Not Me

        Can't tell that to someone who believes in god...especially since if there were a god, he put the person there without asking in the first place. So much for free will.

        February 13, 2013 at 9:14 am |
      • Freedom is isn't free

        Do you know if this man did not have health insurance? I am assuming that because he was overweight he was on the public dole?

        February 13, 2013 at 9:14 am |
  14. Kevin

    MURDER on a plate your oversized insane meals killed this man and your slowing killing others to.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • Bigot

      It's called personal responsibility

      February 13, 2013 at 8:08 am |
      • LJ

        That's what I keep telling this moms who get mad cause I sell crack at the playground, but they just weren't feeling it. And the parents of that 13 year old girl....oh man....they just couldn't understand the concept of personal responsibility, you know, if there's grass on the field, they're old enough to play ball.

        February 13, 2013 at 11:17 am |
        • Bigot

          Is it fun to be r3tard3d?

          February 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  15. Rafaela

    Que basura

    February 13, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • CobiaKiller

      no papelas con caca in la basura!!!

      February 13, 2013 at 8:20 am |
  16. megeorge

    Good riddance. I agree with several other posters that this oaf's reckless behavior has a negative rippling effect on all of our health insurance costs. Same thing goes for riding motorcycles without helmets. You should relinquish your right to do whatever you want when I and others like be have to pay to keep your worthless body on life support or a lifetime of rehab.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • Rafaela

      in a free country each has the right!
      in obama's country he wants to take away that right
      therefore, you sir, are a first class dolt!

      February 13, 2013 at 7:57 am |
      • Me

        AWWWWWWWWWWW SHADDUP............... FOOL

        February 13, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  17. ToldUSo

    They need a new spokesperson? Gov. Christie, are you listening?

    February 13, 2013 at 7:52 am |
  18. j791

    I would be ok with dying there as long as one of those sexy nurse waitresses held my hand.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:52 am |
  19. BigFrosty

    I just ran a marathon in Vegas in December. Had this place been closer to the finish line, I'd have gotten my post-race Victory Burger from there...thus nullifying the thousands of calories I burned during the race. Instead, I ended up getting an animal-style double-double at In n' Out burger. Good times! No disrespect to the deceased, but it just makes more sense to "earn" massively caloric foods...rather than just piling them on and killing yourself with them.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • Healthcare worker

      We see doofs like you in the Doc's office all the time. You think exercise means you can eat any old crap and you confuse calories with cholesterol. When the Doc prescribes a triple bypass, you scream denial, then practically faint. "But I'm thin!" you cry. Thin, maybe – smart? not so much.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:10 am |
      • BigFrosty

        Don't worry. I ate some broccoli earlier in the week. I'm all set.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Freedom lover

      Anyone interested in a shooting range where you get to shoot at each other? I could make some cash and provide a public service at the same time.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:17 am |
      • Archibald

        aka "combat" aka "war"

        February 13, 2013 at 10:03 am |
  20. jon

    There goes our health insurance, up, up, up. Due to establishments like this. They should have their own health insurance for it's customers.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:38 am |
  21. Frank

    The liberals will try and shut this place down. After all, we need to government to protect us from eating food that isnt healthy right? Big Brother good, cheeseburger bad...

    February 13, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • lol

      Sorry GOP fanboy, zealot, I voted for Obama and could care less if this place helps kills off people stupid enough to want to eat there. You do know the definition of Liberal right? Of course not. Oh, and I have guns and support the death penalty too. Any other misconceptions about democrats you want to discuss.

      February 13, 2013 at 7:32 am |
      • jafo

        Why is this person a GOP zealot but a Dem is not? Your so called misconceptions can just as easily be attributed to how a liberal person thinks of republicans. For instance i vote republican but i back pro-choice. I belive in God but i think that God will handle the masses and doesnt neee my help. See how this works? you cant put everyone into a catagory, it just doesnt work. Now while Franks comments may not be exactly accurate i dont think it makes him a crazy zealot.

        February 13, 2013 at 8:00 am |
        • cedar rapids

          'Why is this person a GOP zealot but a Dem is not?'

          Because he was the one making the sweeping statement about liberals, big brother and such. Notice that LoL only made his statement about Frank and was calling that individual a GOP zealot.
          That is the difference there.

          February 13, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • Odds

      What an odd opinion! I know "liberal" is associated with many things, but when did eating habits become politicized?

      February 13, 2013 at 7:59 am |
    • US Dollars

      Another liberal here that could care less about what people eat, who they marry, or if they choose not to believe in God.

      Oh, I suppose those last 2 are not on your list. I suggest you throw your bible at the owners of this restaurant as their patrons are not being good and faithful stewards of their bodies.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • Graham

      This liberal is not calling for them to shut this place down. For crying out loud, it's in Nevada, one of the most liberal states in the Union in terms of what you can and cannot do. As someone else mentioned, the place has to be drawing customers because it's still in business. Sad the man died of a heart attack, but I'm curious to know what people would think if he dropped dead living a healthy lifestyle.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:58 am |
    • LJ

      I just want to know why every time I open an opium den it gets shut down in like a week, and this guy has been able to stay in business for a year, what does it matter how people choose to kill themselves? As long as they end up dead right?

      February 13, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  22. akabaloo

    "The restaurant's previous 575-pound spokesman, 29-year-old Blair River, died in March 2011 at the age of 29."

    Genius!

    February 13, 2013 at 7:17 am |
  23. Tom Knight

    For those who tend to eat in such an establishment: "Stupid is as stupid does."

    February 13, 2013 at 7:11 am |
    • Toad

      What a great point! Very insightful. You're so clever, I bet you're a blast to be around.

      February 13, 2013 at 7:32 am |
      • lol

        I thought he summed it up pretty well.

        February 13, 2013 at 7:37 am |
        • Josh

          I love seeing how much Americans will put the blame on everyone esle for their horrible eating habits and promoting obesity. NO ONE held a gun to your head saying go eat here and the owner is well aware of what he is doing by playing off of our nations weight problem and I find it highly entertaining to see people complain but, yet his business keeps growing. I do agree with insurance should be based off of your current health and clothes prices should be adjusted accordingly, a medium should not cost the same as a XXL. It's is your choice to live the life you want but be responsible and pay for it, its shown you will die quickly anyway so get the ball rolling.

          February 13, 2013 at 7:54 am |
  24. collegemom

    No one is mentioning that this triple heart bypass burger could feed a family of 4 for a few days. Or that the amount of calories in these meals could save the lives of countless malnourished children and older people here in the US and in the rest of the world. You have a right to kill yourself overeating but maybe the motto maybe the $$$ amount of the food eaten by these 350 pounders should be sent to a nutrition program for the poor.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:10 am |
    • Alexio

      US poorest are the fattest!

      February 13, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • Truth Should Hurt

      And yet collegemom is here, whining about all those poor poor starving wittle chilruns rather than getting off her computer, getting off her arrse and actually doing something about them.

      FOAD collegemom. In a house fire.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  25. Thenextstep

    Ummm, they forgot to metion the HOT waitress/nurses....... Come on CNN, you need to stay consistently inconsistent with your stories.....

    February 13, 2013 at 7:01 am |
  26. newtonfig

    First argument from the Prosecutor will be: Can a bar advertise "Drink yourself to Death" or "Go Get S-faced Drunk tonight". Negative. If any family sues the Grill, this restaurant is toast.

    ...toast with lotsa lotsa butter

    February 13, 2013 at 6:58 am |
    • LegalEase

      Is that true? What law would be broken? I don't think anyone would deny that it's in poor taste, but I can't think of a law that applies. But then again, I'm working on 3 hours of sleep.

      February 13, 2013 at 7:18 am |
      • Toad

        Some places have laws requiring bars to cut off "excessively drunk" customers, so advertising excessive drunkenness would seem to be illegal in those places.

        (Not that I agree with the original comment that it has anything to do with this story, but just thinking about your question.)

        February 13, 2013 at 7:38 am |
        • fiveliters

          I think the difference is,if someone serves a visibly intoxicated person,they could go out and kill someone via drunk driving. If someone overeats,the most they could do is...sit on someone,or fart a lot and blame it on the dog,lol

          February 13, 2013 at 10:20 am |
      • LJ

        The thing is, it's not about a broken law, broken laws are handled in criminal court and nobody is suing anybody in criminal court. Suing refers to civil court, all that needs to be done there to sue in criminal court is prove negligence, is it negligent to sell a 9,000 calories burger? Is it negligent to repeatedly sell a 9,000 calorie burger repeatedly, day after day to a customer with obvious dyslipidemia? Not to mention the whole fact that he calls himself Dr. and refers to his customers as patients, how obvious to the patrons is the sarcasm of it all? Then there's the fact that if the nutritional information isn't clearly posted, sure the customer knew the food was unhealthy, but did he have any way of actually knowing how unhealthy it was? In other words, to get sued does not require a law to be broken in the slightest, and you could see how much fun a lawyer could have trying to convince 12 people that negligence was involved at least in part.

        February 13, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  27. Donna

    Shame on the owner for providing endless junk food free of charge to food addicts over 350 lbs...heart attacks waiting to happen. Here you go sucker, have another one on the house. Your miserable life is almost over! Dispicable!

    February 13, 2013 at 6:27 am |
  28. jillian

    How does the argument "obese people become a burden to the healthcare system and should therefore be taxed" make any sense? If a person who has been contributing to medicaire their whole lives gets cancer, its going to cost more to care for them. But thats ok, because everyone including them has been contributing and not all of us are so unlucky as to get cancer and need more expensive care (or else the system would be unsustainable) The point of these systems is to care for people affected by conditions, how about people born with Thyroid issues? Yes its a small portion of the populous but singling out any ones person health condition and being a burden to our healthcare system is never ok. Can you force cigarette smokers to pay more for healthcare? Maybe indirectly by taxing squares then re-directing the profits, but not directly and the same applies to this, you could tax being fat or eating fat foods all you want but it will not get to the source of the problem which is the individuals education on the subject.

    February 13, 2013 at 6:08 am |
    • Seth

      They do force cigarette smokers to pay more into the system by adding a lot of tax to tobacco products. I'm a smoker (and I dip) and I have no problem with that.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:42 am |
    • Skeptimist

      The greatest economic burden on the American healthcare system is the corporate insurance industry that controls it and adds 30+% to the cost.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:59 am |
    • fiveliters

      Well...most people I know don't go out of their way to get cancer,and some/most people take steps to avoid it,if possible.
      But I have a hunch that you gotta really put some effort in to attain 575 lbs...

      February 13, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Sick

      I see your point jillian but allow me to counter your concerns: I would say in circumstances like (most) cancers and conditions like Thyroid issues are ones from factors directly out of our control while issues like obesity and lung cancer from smoking are directly preventable. It would be along the lines of paying the same for car insurance for a regular soccer mom and a professional Indy race driver. Both drive cars.. however and accident with the soccer mom is far less predictable than say an Indy car driver.. yet the soccer mom would be paying the same as the racecar driver. Again, the issue is for diseases and conditions that are not directly preventable insurance should cover but for issues that are directly preventable by following common sense guidelines – and then abusing them – should not get covered in my opinion. If someone obese or that smokes gets a condition that came not directly from eating or smoking, say, a broken bone or whatever, yes, it then should be covered.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:39 am |
      • Suzi

        Actually my 30+ pound sister-in-law, who eats McDonald's morning noon and night with a side of Dunkin Donuts did break a bone. Rather she shattered the bones in her forearm when she fell in a parking lot after a business meeting. This was a direct result of her poor eating and a sedentary lifestyle. In her 30's she had the bones of a 70 year old. Now at 48 she has had heart surgery and many health issues. I am the same age and 108 lbs, run marathons, lift weights, and eat clean. My Doctor wishes he had my numbers in blood work.

        February 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  29. ChiTown Gal in Houston

    Adults have the right to eat whatever they want. As for me, and my house, we'll pass thank you.

    February 13, 2013 at 5:50 am |
    • Georgeanna

      You are right. Everyone has the choice to eat wherever and whatever they want. Thank you

      February 13, 2013 at 6:09 am |
    • newtonfig

      As long as they have health insurance to cover their reckless lifestayle. Otherwise, the hospital should refuse their admittance and dump them in a mass grave

      February 13, 2013 at 6:55 am |
      • PJ

        Does that apply to people who ride "donor" cycles? Or climb mountains? Or surf in shark-infested waters? Or have a history of speeding tickets?

        February 13, 2013 at 7:28 am |
    • Brad

      The scary thing is that you need customers to support a business and apparently they have plenty of them.

      February 13, 2013 at 7:14 am |
      • fiveliters

        I thought of that too,and their sign advertising "Over 350 lbs Eat Free!"

        (shudder)...that dining room -has- to resemble the walrus tank at the zoo!

        February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am |
  30. Deceit4200

    All of you complainers should take note that this restaurant is located in Vegas. The whole point of going there is to overindulge and do the wrong thing. If its not eating mass amounts of bad food its alcohol, gambling, and prostitution. The heart attack grill is hardly the worst thing in town.

    February 13, 2013 at 5:27 am |
  31. TJ Detwiler

    Maybe he'll open a Suicide Shooting Range next to allow customers to kill themselves quicker. On second thought, they're killing themselves slowly at his restaurant, so maybe he can open a Cancer Cigarette Lounge where people are fed 100 cigarettes at a time....

    February 13, 2013 at 5:25 am |
    • Vera

      Those already exist–they're called hookah bars.

      February 13, 2013 at 7:42 am |
  32. Rachel

    I just think it's revolting, but that's certainly no reason it can't be in business. Certainly not up to me to tell others what they can and can't do. Sorry the guy died, but I can't believe it's national news, considering every other suicide story isn't. =/

    February 13, 2013 at 5:19 am |
  33. No one

    I would try it, on occasion I feel the need to stuff as much food down my gullet as possible.
    Otherwise so long as people control themselves, or are ok with what they do with/to themselves I see no problem with the place.

    February 13, 2013 at 5:11 am |
  34. a b

    I R O N Y

    February 13, 2013 at 4:55 am |
  35. odiasuda

    Sounds like truth in advertising to me.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:49 am |
  36. sam stone

    HAAAA-ha!

    February 13, 2013 at 4:42 am |
  37. Mike from Seattle

    Heart Attack Grill. Not to be confused with the Coronary Cafe or the Blockage Bistro.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:40 am |
  38. nemo0037

    It's morally wrong to run a business like this. Does he have a right to glorify the process of eating oneself to death? Sure. But it's a bloody awful shame that this guy is making a living while slowly killing his patrons. About as much as cigarette makers, only this guy's victims die a lot more quickly and with less pain.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:23 am |
    • sam stone

      he is offering people food. they can choose to go there or not. this is no more wrong than many restaurants that serve garbage fare

      February 13, 2013 at 4:44 am |
      • PJ

        Someone goes there once in a while vs. someone who hauls their kids to McDs 5 times a week?

        February 13, 2013 at 7:30 am |
    • Trogdor

      No, it's not. It would be morally wrong if he, or the cigarette companies, were deceiving customers. But everybody knows that cigarettes and excessive eating are bad for your health. Anyone going into that place knows what they're in for, and no one's forcing it down their throat. Calling it morally wrong is equivalent to calling automobile manufacturers morally wrong for making cars, knowing that some of their customers will get into deadly collisions.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:49 am |
    • gager

      "It's morally wrong to run a business like this."
      Let his customers decide.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:59 am |
    • Wallace

      As some have said... It's food. There's nothing stopping his customers from ordering one of his burgers, taking it home, and eating a playing card desk-sized portion every day for a week with the compliment of fresh vegetables and fruit. People make the conscious choice to sit at those tables and eat 9,000+ calories in one sitting and accept the consequences.

      Hopefully this article gives the rest of us a reason not to do the same.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:08 am |
      • jafo

        "taking it home, and eating a playing card desk-sized portion"

        that is quite a large portion size you eat every day..... :)

        February 13, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • Justin

      This guy is being honest and up-front about his food, unlike most all other established restaurants.

      Should you eat a 9KCal burger every day? No, but this is a free country and you as a human being have the ability to make rational choices based on available data, which this man clearly provides. Eat it or Don't.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:52 am |
      • PJ

        Where's the "like" button? Good comment.

        February 13, 2013 at 7:31 am |
    • ChiTown Gal in Houston

      Morally wrong? I dont think so. Is a liquor store morally wrong because they sell to alcoholics? What about a pharmacy that sells to those addicted to pain meds? Or the corner market that sells cigarettes to the guy who ends up with lung cancer? Morals have nothing to do with it. The deceased (RIP) ate there of his own free will and had he made a different chance, odds are he would be alive. It was not the owners morals but the customer's choice that caused he death.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:56 am |
  39. mmi16

    Different strokes for different folks. The only constant, no matter how health or unhealthy we eat – we are all going to die – it is just a personal matter of when

    February 13, 2013 at 3:50 am |
    • Karloff

      Wow! Did you just make that up? You're so smart.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:16 am |
    • TJ Detwiler

      wow... "Different STROKES".... the unintended irony of including stroke is awesome.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:28 am |
  40. Two Four

    Heart Attack Grill.....isn't that down the street from the Herpes Saloon?

    February 13, 2013 at 3:27 am |
  41. John W

    It's a bias poll. where is the "yes, I would try it" option

    February 13, 2013 at 3:24 am |
    • Benn

      The only bias is your inability to comprehend what you read. Try again, nutjob.

      February 13, 2013 at 7:20 am |
      • cybermonkeytech

        He is actually right:

        Would you eat at the Heart Attack Grill?

        I have and I love it!
        I have and it wasn't for me
        No, but I want to
        Maybe if I were nearby
        No way!
        It shouldn't even be in business
        Other (please share below)

        You can say you have eaten there. You can say you won't eat there even though you want to, but there is no option to say you would eat there. You would have to use the 'other' option. The poll is biased, even if unintentionally so.

        February 13, 2013 at 11:05 am |
        • amy

          What part of, "No, but I want to" is so tough to understand?

          February 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  42. No Health Nut--Just Not Stupid

    I don't understand why people are making "eating until you die" part of heir business model. When are we going to start being smarter as a nation, as a species???? Sure, every business person needs some gimmick, something catchy to draw customers. BUT, there is a limit to what should be allowable. You're going to have people out there saying "we should be able to do anything we want, eat what we want", and the assumption is we're not hurting anyone else, so leave us alone.

    Okay, then why do we have seatbelt laws, helmet laws, drinking and driving laws? Why don't we have "overeating-until-we-give-ourselves-heart-attack" laws? I'm all about taking care of our frail, elderly, homeless, kids, etc, WITHIN REASON and when they've been responsible contributing citizes (the adults) and now are in need of care because of age or disease. But when we overindulge to the point it makes us sick, diseased, or otherwise unable to take care of ourselves, then those people shouldn't be allowed to become burdens to society. (This particular man died, so there is no "care" needed, but many overeaters, indulge to the point of obesity and then need health care or hospital care because of diabetes or other health problems). I don't see anyone raising their hands to care for alcoholics or drug addicts. Sure it happens, but it's not a preferred system, and all of those people are looked down upon. Why are we glorifying overeating and indulging in our society?

    We should be glorifying people who take care of themselves, are responsible, healthy (not obsessively so, but still...). I'm so f**king sick of our arrogant, overindulging nation...you just don't see this type of thing on a regular basis in other countries...

    February 13, 2013 at 2:45 am |
    • Lintlicker

      The sad part is that if people stop over indulge companies would lose $$$, so it's not going to happen. From pop to chips to fast food , it's all about the bottom line. You can't fight the big companies and expect to win, I do wish they have cheaper health care and benefits for fit people instead, I play tennis 2-3 times a week hit the gym 1x ,surf and eat healthy I really wish I had benefits for staying in good health.
      This country is run on $$$ and no pride , sorry it's a no win situation . Just worry about yourself.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:56 am |
      • SixDegrees

        Seriously? What planet are you from? Snack food companies operate on the thinnest of profit margins. The real money-makers in the food world are those selling health foods of all kinds – organic produce and meat, trendy small-farm produce, supplements and the lot all command a huge markup in comparison to potato chips or whoppers. All you need do is note that Whole Foods – which capitalizes on this model – is one of the fastest growing, most profitable corporations in the country, with staggering markups compared to more mainstream grocers.

        Eating healthy is for the rich, and is ultimately unsustainable.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:02 am |
    • SixDegrees

      Then leave. Please. In other words, f**k off.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:57 am |
    • gager

      You assume his eating was the cause of his heart attack.. and this customer could easily have eaten the same amount at home...

      February 13, 2013 at 5:00 am |
    • VladT

      It is funny you mention helmet laws.....I am so against them. I didn't have to dress up like a hockey goalie when I rode my bike as a kid, and I came out alive. But, let's pass more laws in the "better safe then sorry" category so that "Health nut" feels better about himself

      February 13, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • get a sense of humor

      The name of the place is meant to be amusing. And FYI the guy that dies weighed only a 180lbs.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  43. dneu

    I would like to go there once just to say I had been there and done that. But I would probably not make a habit out of it.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:40 am |
  44. CaptainCook

    Its sad that even a huge sign in bright neon lights clearly explaining the danger of eating at the restaurant one is still compelled to eat there. Then the person dies of a heart attack by eating regularly at where else "The Heart Attack Grill". If anything this should add to already large amount of evidence on how important a healthy diet is to preventing disease specifically a heart attack. Obviously, people going to this establishment do not care about drastically increasing their chances of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease, but hopefully it will encourage hose who want to live a healthy and relatively long and disease free life not to repeat their mistakes. Long term health is more important than a temporary sense indulgence which will eventually cost you your life.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:40 am |
  45. SPW

    should be illegal to eat that crap as often as that guy did

    but we live in a free society where this is allowed, sadly most don't perish from heart attacks straight away but just get extremely obese and go on disability

    it's sad that Nazis were and still are ahead of us in food safety, physical fitness, and nicotine awareness.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:37 am |
    • sam stone

      why should it be illegal?

      February 13, 2013 at 4:45 am |
      • TJ Detwiler

        Because of the externalities. We all are required to pay for healthcare now, and people that treat their bodies like garbage dumps cost more to care for. That raises the costs for everyone else. Maybe we need a FAT TAX instead of a FLAT TAX.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:31 am |
        • BSKB

          We need to not pay for everyone else. We don't need a government micromanaging every decision to determine what is and isn't healthy. Even if it isn't a matter of core philosophy, it makes people directly aware of the costs of their decision. By adding a layer of government action, people are insulated from the true costs of their choices. The fat tax might come nowhere near the true costs of their poor choices.

          February 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
      • sam stone

        TJ....same could be said for excessive smoking and drinking. Should they be illegal, also? How about sedentary lifestyles?

        February 13, 2013 at 6:27 am |
      • TomVIO

        It shouldn't be illegal because of one thing... The name of the restaurant says it all and if you choose to go there, it is your problem.

        They clearly tell you that their food may (and most likely will) give you a heart attack, so really they are letting you make the choice.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • newtonfig

      "The nazis are ahead of us in nicotine awareness" could be the funniest headline ever. You should write for The Onion.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:50 am |
    • Truth Should Hurt

      Sounds like SPW is mostly upset that we're not run by Nazis.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      And yet they lost the war.
      Nazi's also loved pets more than Jews.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
  46. james

    Some of their plates of food probably weigh more than I do.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:36 am |
  47. Lintlicker

    Everyone has the right to do what ever they want. I can care less if they want to eat until they die.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:35 am |
    • SPW

      Most don't die, but instead are unable to work due to their poor health and go on disability

      so yeah, maybe you should care a little bit

      February 13, 2013 at 2:38 am |
      • Lintlicker

        There a lot things people can do for their poor health, I'm not their mom and for sure don't have the time to bother to care. I make my choices the same way they make theirs , You should worry about yourself before you care for others.

        February 13, 2013 at 2:43 am |
    • newtonfig

      No they dont. Thats anarchy. We live in a democractic republic, under a social contract. Thats called "Liberty". Living in a land of Liberty does not equate with "freedom" and "you can do whatever you want". When sick if uneducated people who think the United States is the land of "I can do whatever I want". No such land ever existed or will exist

      That said, the Grill has every right to be open and Fatty Corpseman has every right to kill himself slowly

      February 13, 2013 at 6:53 am |
  48. Dude

    OK...These dudes are exorcising their constitutional right to waste my tax dollars for their medical bills! Right on!

    February 13, 2013 at 2:27 am |
    • BSKB

      It's funny how you bemoan his "freedom" because it costs you something. Perhaps you should consider that the remedy isn't to further limit his freedom, we should expand yours and not make you liable as a taxpayer for his decisions.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • The Exorcist

      The devil makes them do it.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  49. nwhanes

    I wouldn't eat there just because I can't eat that much and wouldn't enjoy it.
    But if others like it, that's cool and they should have the opportunity to indulge.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:24 am |
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