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. Charles Gannon

    I assume that all the people here worried about everyone else's health do not smoke or drink alcohol.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • phearis

      That's correct. I don't smoke or drink.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
    • lance corporal

      not at all my smug friend

      February 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
      • Truth Should Hurt

        When you get run over by a bus I will laugh and laugh.

        Then have a bacon cheeseburger and a beer and laugh some more.

        You do understand that no one gives a siht what a LCpl thinks or says?

        February 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • violinsolo

      Right on, never smoked in my life, and the only alcohol I have ever ingested is in cough syrup. Seeya!

      February 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • DCBuck

      Or skydive, engage in irresponsible sexual behavior, rock climb, mountain bike (which, BTW, has a high injury rate), drive over the speed limit, work in a stressful occupation, wear helmets when bicycling or riding a motorcycle, and on and on . . .

      Be careful before you try to nanny others' behaviors.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • Etrigan

      I don't smoke or drink, and......I do not give two dams about anyone else's health habits at all. Not one bit. At least 7 billion of our species sitting on this rock. Easily, 1/2 to 3/4 of those are malfunctioning parasites that just make life interesting for the rest of us. Do what you will, just make sure you film it so I can at least get a good laugh since I have to put up with you and most probably pay for you.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Jupitom

      I NEVER smoked and my alcohol use is about once a month in small amounts. Would be equal to eating a single burger (not one of the triple or quads o the menu) per month. In fact, I rarely eat more than one single burger a month.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  2. aubrie

    this makes me sad for several reasons.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • Paradox2u

      Aubrie – it is nice to see some humanity in these posts; after all '....each mans death diminshes me, for I am part of mankind; so do not send to find for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee..'

      February 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  3. SightSeer

    I was once told by a bio-dynamic farmer that you could eat anything you want and remain healthy as long as you eat 1 organic carrot per day. That has been my credo ever since, I eat eggs with bacon and sausage every morning, and all the meat, cheeses, pastry, sweets, ice cream etc. that I desire. I don't eat anything green. I eat 1 organic carrot per day. I'm just over 400 lbs., and I'll be 98 years old next week. Do the math. :)

    February 13, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • Chaos

      Stop acting like a 9 year old posting BS.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • Jay

      sounds like your a big fatty

      February 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • Zach

      Hmm... I'm trying to calculate this in my head, but 1+3+7=... Oh, a liar.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • cookiemonster

      So you managed to live well past the average for the morbidly obese. But can you imagine how great you'd feel if you weren't so large? Your joints must ache and you probably have sleep apnea and snoring problems. I don't think being 400 pounds is something to brag about...

      February 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
    • jburns9999

      I did the math. You're only 49 in 200lb years,

      February 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
    • MD

      Nice story you made up there. There is no way it is correct. Did you get a big thrill writing it?

      February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • Dyeing to be Blonde

      You're also invisible, named Harvey, and once made a movie with Jimmy Stewart, right?

      February 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  4. NorCalMojo

    Oh great. This is going to send the health nazis into a frenzy

    February 13, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  5. Cinman

    Stupid is as stupid does. Hope the family can pay the medical bills so my rates don't tick up again. Guess they should start a wall with a tribute to their dead customers. Motto "Now it's your turn."

    February 13, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Have no fear. The insurance executives at your company will still receive their bonuses this year...

      February 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • anne112

      Perhaps they should set up a graveyard in their parking lot.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Wait a second

    Best free advertising ever! Get a good "unofficial" spokes person to die of a heart attack every year and make national headlines. I am wondering if anyone has ever actually looked into these cases to see if the person(s) they speak of actually existed or if they even died?

    February 13, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  7. Jim

    Don't judge the guy or the diner because they "sin" differently than you do.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  8. ArizonaHyker

    Went once when they were in Chandler, AZ. Kitschy place. Wear hospital gowns, hottie "nurses", good burger (only got the single bypass) and mexican real sugar coke in an icy bottle. Not an everyday thing, but it was great for a splurge. Everything in moderation folks....

    February 13, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • tmeatl

      In case you are interested, Costco sometimes carries the Mexican sugar coke in 24 pack bottles.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  9. Mike H.

    You live by the Heart Attack Grill, you die by the Heart Attack.
    Cholestrol is a silent killer.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Norm

      Ninja's are silent killers. Cholesterol, at least, makes you grab your chest and cry out "FACK!! MY HORT!!"

      February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
      • TheMunkinutz

        Best. Comment. EVER!!!

        February 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • regor60

      Dietary cholesterol has not much to do with plasma cholesterol.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  10. Howard

    It is a little disingenuous to say a hamburger killed him. It didn't help, but I suspect he was in pretty bad shape before ever eating there. His diet and behavior over the past 20 or 30 years, along with genetics, are what made him sick.

    Their previous spokesman, who died last, was 575 pounds. Can't blame all those pounds on Heart Attack Grill.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:46 am |
  11. sly

    Ho ho ho ... now this is a funny story!

    This will be Gov Christie next .

    Have another burger fat boy!

    At least we'll save a whole lot of money in health care costs, so this is a good thing.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  12. rd

    Whatever intern created this poll needs a basic lesson in logic. :) A for effort.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  13. Pete

    Article made me hungry

    February 13, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  14. AB

    I know it is the individual's fault but the FDA should shut them down because they should not sale something that will kill an individual.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Etrigan

      Why not? Maybe he wanted to go out that way. What's it to you? No one's making you eat there ya freakin Nazi.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Harry

      I'm sorry but that is just a stupid statement. You could say the same thing about anything. Hell, anyone that has ever eaten a pickle has died! Should we have the FDA ban pickles?

      February 13, 2013 at 11:40 am |
      • Steve T.

        Yea. Pickles are deadly. Ever get one stuck in your eye socket. Boy, does that hurt.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
    • Bob

      They definitely should not "sale something"....

      February 13, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • jeff

      So, shut down all bars, liquor stores, Friendlly Ice cream stores? Get real. It's about personal responsibility. He made his choices. And perhaps they killed him. Too bad. But to shut down a business because someone refused to exercise restraint and repsonsible behavior is folly.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Bakerz

      Who are we to say shut the place down. Should we shut McDonalds, Burger King, or Carls Junior Down? Go check out the calorie counts on their burgers and fries it might suprise you. The FDA needs to stick to other things rather than the heart attack grill. People goto Vegas for a show and that's what they get when they eat there. It's a slippery slope to go down if the government were to start acting on places like this...

      February 13, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • TLK

      You say this, yet cigarettes and alcohol are sold legally. Personal responsibility is what it comes down to. People commit suicide by jumping off bridges...you can't make bridges illegal too?
      There are in-your-face signs all over the building entrance and menu warning them of the hazards. All customers there have read them and made their decision AFTER the warnings were read. So once again, personal responsibility. I've read them myself, and decided to eat at the little bar/restaurant right across from it.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • Marc L from NY

      The government should shut them down because some people can't be responsible for their own bad decisions? .

      February 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
    • Laurie

      The FDA hasn't shut them down because there's nothing illegal about selling food. It's a personal choice as to where someone eats; and since just about every thing imaginable (and in many cases unimaginable) has caused someone to die at some point in history your statement is ridiculous. And by the way, use the proper spelling of your words ("sale" should have been "sell") in their proper context.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • tagapay3

      If this section of the world wants to murder its citizens with coronary disease without the government interrupting them, let them. This guy is a success story. He made the news.

      Besides, everyone knows that this food can kill you... especially the children. They study the effects of cholesterol in 2nd grade, don't they? I don't see how someone might end up getting attached to this stuff, right? It's not me paying for the plus-sized custom coffins anyway.

      A quote from an Irish member of Parliament in the 1600s:
      "The only way to stop this suicide wave is to make it a capital offense punishable by death."
      I think this does the trick nicely.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • Jupitom

        Actually, scientists and health professionals still don't know the definite effects of cholesterol. They have been debating it for years and still can't understand why some people have high cholesterol despite healthy dis and others with unhealthy diets might have lower cholesterol. Furthermore there is no specific link between high cholesterol and heart disease or heart attacks, despite the seeminglyobvious connection.

        So , no – 2nd graders don't know about cholesterol anymore than you and I do. BTW my daughter is in 2nd grade gifted program and she never heard of cholesterol.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • cdub

      Why not shut down liquor stores? Drunk drivers seem to kill everyone but themselves.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  15. Phil

    Worst poll ever! Where is simply "yes, I would eat there." The answer, "no, but I would" seems to be an answer to the question "HAVE you eaten at heart attack grill?" But that ain't the futzing question.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  16. Etrigan

    575er drops dead from pounding the Triple Bypass Burger. Their response? We need to makes the Quad Bypass Burger!! Haha, I love these guys. Go check out their website, pack of Lucky Strikes next to the 10k calorie burger. They are telling you up front, "we WILL kill you". Hahahahaha

    February 13, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  17. Rob

    Finally! Truth in advertising!

    February 13, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  18. Mark Pet

    I went to that restaurant a few years ago and had the Infarction Tapas. After my third helping, the waitress/nurse was kind enough to administer CPR, and she earned herself a big tip!

    February 13, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  19. FattyMcGee

    He died doing what he loved. That's all that matters.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • fatazz

      yep, and now joe taxpayer gets to pick up your unpaid medical bills, you stupid lardass POS fat slob

      February 13, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • Etrigan

        Whatever, Joseph T. Taxpayer is already picking up the bill for half the country anyway. Personally I found this far more entertaining than the usual meth/alcohol/police shooting deaths that usually follow the people I get to pay for.

        February 13, 2013 at 11:43 am |
      • Slimandtrim

        I didn't read the part where it says he didn't have insurance. Could you point out where you read that .

        February 13, 2013 at 11:53 am |
        • Chaos

          No he can't.

          February 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
      • Steve T.

        I think I'd rather pay for his bills than your bills. There is no indication that he was a schmuk.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • Jake

      Waiting for a bus?

      February 13, 2013 at 11:40 am |
      • Swimmer

        Jake: you're brilliant man. You made my day.

        February 13, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  20. Bill

    I have a hard enought time keeping weight off when I eat good-for-you food.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • David

      Short and simple, but my favorite comment here.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  21. Swimmer

    I'm curious about health care mathematics. If a person dies early like this fellow (age 52), doesn't that save the public money since he paid in for social security and medicare but didn't get to claim it (as far as I know) since he was still pre-retirement? Everyone is writing here about how "they don't care what this guy does to himself but why should the public have to pay for his bad habits." Are you sure that's the case? Maybe he costs us LESS than the average person since he dropped dead earlier. Same for smokers.
    My guess is that people who have these type of diseases cost us less if they die early and quickly, but way more if they linger and die later in life.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Fernando

      There is a curve on that. Particularly true for many heavy smokers, who arguably, contribute more and get less out of the healthcare system than anybody. They may cash a couple social security checks, have a couple visits to the pulmonologist on cobra health insurance they must pay for until Medicare kicks in and one night they just go to bed and they're dead the next morning – no muss, no fuss, no years of expensive medical care. Then there are those who retire early for health reasons and end up taxing the healthcare system for much of their life before they check out.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • SFC Mike

      Swimmer – it's fairly complex. In this guy's case, he was a low wage earner, thus a low contributor to Social Security. His private sector economic impact had he lived would still be minimal, and he died fairly quickly from an acute event. That's a fairly extreme case. The guy was also single, no kids, only one living relative, so he was pretty much on the fringe of typical economic and social demographics. The more common situation is an individual with greater economic productivity (not only wages, but their contribution) and early onset of chronic medical conditions that kill slowly, or are extremely expensive to treat – e.g. diabetes, emphysema, COPD, many cancers.

      There's no clear answer from a strictly utilitarian point of view when you look at society as whole – the only clear answers either way are from cherry picked data that supports the desired answer.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:32 am |
      • Steve T.

        E=mC2 But it didn't until it was figured out.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Jupitom

      Perhaps this particular individuals untimely death saved the taxpayer money (although emergency care like he received can run tens of thousands). However, I think the uproar is more pointed at a systemic problem of obesity in our society, especially at the low end of the wage spectrum. A similar person to Mr. Alleman who, since he was utilizing public transport we will assume to be a low earner, earns less and by design contributes less to the public system. Had he not died from the heart attack (many people are saved, often a matter of luck) he would have been a strain on the healthcare system. Likewise a smoker is more likely to suffer long bouts of illnesses like COPD, lung cancer, oral cancers, etc. which canrack up tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of medical bills before they die.

      Mr. Alleman ate at this establishment very often, thus clearly putting himself at significant risk, just like most smokers who, despite overwhelming evidence, choose to continue their habit. Anyone who smokes should be immediately banned from receiving publicly funded health care.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  22. flabbio

    I would eat there out of curiousity. I love a good burger. I'd never be a regular patron though – that's just too many calories. I don't really care what other people do it's a free country, for now at least.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  23. Donny

    He's going to increase to change the 350 minimum in a few years because the way our country is going he won't have any paying customers.

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

      You should move to Michigan. GM, Chryslerband their suppliers are hiring thousands.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • BLUEJEANSGIRL40

      That's hilarious!! l

      February 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  24. dajowi

    I'd throw away more than I ate. It would be a total waste of money.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  25. Mike from Seattle

    This is why it's important to have a salad before your 9,000 calorie burger.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  26. Marky Merlot

    You are what you eat; in his case, an ex-customer!

    February 13, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  27. Ty Dahmer

    Well, I don't care if someone wants to eat themselves to death, or drink or smoke or whatever to death. I DO start to care when people require my tax $$ because they have intentionally destroyed the body to the point where they cant take care of themselves or cover their advanced medical expenses. So I was at a popular home improvement store to get some stuff a few weeks ago and there is an employee riding around in an electric "buggy" thing which is typically available for customers, He had to have weighed 400 lbs minimum, doing nothing but riding around. WTH?

    February 13, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • Momx2

      you don't think maybe he had a medical condition and he needed that to get around and do his job? Judge much?

      February 13, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • Jay

        he did have a medical problem. a big fat medical problem.

        my wife showed me something posted on facebook about how the fatties shouldn't get the scooters or handicaped parking.... they should have to park the furthest away and have to run and do jumping jacks all the way into the establishment. i agree 100%

        February 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  28. thetudor

    How many Weight Watchers points is that Quadruple Bypass Burger? We may have a record

    February 13, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • DW

      fyi – 249 under the old point system. that's a weeks worth of my points.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  29. hannah1

    Anyone who actually stuffs this garbage into their arteries deserves to have a heart attack! We all know better!!

    February 13, 2013 at 10:46 am |
  30. Wes Scott

    Well, if we truly are what we eat, then I guess that makes me a PU$$Y!

    February 13, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • paullubbock

      Genie waves wand... (bling), your a pu$$y.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:42 am |
      • SpellingPolice

        *you're

        February 13, 2013 at 11:25 am |
  31. victor

    I want to hear more about the nurses!!!

    February 13, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  32. ZardaBaBy

    My condolences to his brother and friends. It is just a restaurant that found a niche. People make their own decisions on how to treat their bodies (Bloomberg take note). I would try one of their milkshakes given a chance (not been to Vegas since I was 9 in the 1970's). It is sad, now move on.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • amy

      I love these "I have the right to be as stupid as I want to be with my own body" posts. The dumbest political theory I've ever heard. Tell you what - you're going to be that stupid, the state should have the right to take your kids, and nobody should help pay for your healthcare, nor should you be entitled to disability rights. Go be stupid on your own time.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:52 am |
      • Truth Should Hurt

        Crawl back under your fascist rock, Amy.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • dack maddy

      My healthcare costs are through the roof from paying to take care of slobs like this. 70% of this nation is causing the rest to go broke because they have no self control.

      In the near future fat people will be shunned like smokers and drunk drivers, and I cannot wait for that day!

      February 13, 2013 at 11:00 am |
      • sam

        Yeah, tough guy! Yeah! Because fat people aren't already shamed every day of their lives for daring to go out in public. That'll teach them!

        February 13, 2013 at 11:12 am |
      • David

        Unfortunately, much of our health care costs are going to unnecessary administrators and "middle men." They contribute nothing, but take their piece of the pie. That one cent aspirin costs a dollar because a CEO somewhere in the middle of the chain needs his/her cut. I hope we get universal health care and eliminate most of the leeches.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
  33. i_know_everything

    good riddance

    February 13, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  34. queenbeeeeme

    You are going to have to point the finger at others also, not just this diner. American food is full of chemicals and hormones, even the so called healthy food. Did you see the special on BVO? It's absolutely disgusting that an American company would knowingly put toxic chemicals in a drink that is so readily available to kids, not to mention the adults. Yes its a free country and we are all free to eat and drink what ever we want, but even the good choices are bad. Spinach has pesticides and toxic chemical fertilizer in its leaf matter because the plant absorbed into it's system so even eating a good thing like spinach is bad for you. Meat and dairy has so many hormones in it that girls are going through puberty way too early and is giving boys man-b00bs. No one seems to notice that the antibiotics used in the meat and dairy industry are making everyone antibiotic resistant. Steroids and hormones given to cattle feed tumors and cause cancer.
    All this is sure to affect mood, temprament as well as health. So when you talk about wasting tax dollars, look to everything, not just the obvious.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am |
    • A in U

      So then.....what do YOU eat???

      February 13, 2013 at 11:51 am |
  35. Wes Scott

    I strongly believe in the right to build any legitimate business, and the right of people to choose which business they will patronize, but offering a 9,982 calorie "Quadruple ByPass Burger", "Butterfat Milkshake" or "Coronary Dog" should be as against the law as producing or selling drugs. The fact they lost their most loyal patron at the age of 52 from a heart attack is proof that the Heart Attack Grill is a lethal killing machine that needs to have its operating license pulled by a responsible city government. They may as well have been offering strychnine, arsenic or other lethal poisons to their patrons.

    I will contend that it is bad business to kill off your most loyal customers. This event is not good PR for the Heart Attack Grill. Hopefully, it will be a warning to others not to suffer the same fate as that of John Alleman.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • paullubbock

      I have to disagree. No one dragged the customer (if they even could) to patronize this eatery. He had a choice. Just like he had a choice to become huge and I'm sure he was warned of the consequences by more than one person. As far as being bad for business, I doubt it. Some people may even see it as a challenge or a scare dare.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • Todd

      You could, order one of these and split it up with a bunch of people. You can get a large pizza, but you don't have to eat it all yourself in one serving. You shouldn't ban stuff just because it is unhealthy when abused. If you are going to eat a 4 lbs burger by yourself, than you are abusing the food. If you are going to split it up, than while it may not be the most healthy thing you can eat, it isn't as bad.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:44 am |
    • Scott

      Sure Wes, Let government regulate this also.... I need the government to protect me from me. Whats wrong with the USA.....? GOVERNMENT REGULATION!!!!!

      February 13, 2013 at 10:46 am |
      • Just Saying

        or INTENTIONAL FATTIES!!!!

        February 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  36. myreply

    A lot of people can't avoid temptation when it's right in front of them. Providing such high calorie "food" really tempts overeaters to indulge and risk their health. What a disservice to the community! They should feel a responsibility to the community to provide healthy food that keeps their patrons healthy, alive, and returning for more food in the future. Soon all their customers are going to suffer heart attacks and won't return to buy more menu items. What kind of business plan is that?

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

      It's in Vegas, their main customer base is tourists, it doesn't matter if they die, a new batch will be getting off the airplane tomorrow.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:52 am |
      • anon

        Tourists won't die from eating this food. It's the REGULARS who accumulate the fat in the arteries over time that are done in. Every single person in the news who's death has been attributed to this restaurant was a regular customer, which is just dumb.

        February 13, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • ICantBelieveMyEyes

      If you make everything against the law that is bad for you then you need to stop selling alcohol and tobacco as well. Both of these things have been proven to kill people so if you are going to make it against the law to serve this kind of food you have to make all things that can kill you against the law. Are you willing to do that? Are you willing to give the government that kind of control over your life? Next they would have to ban salt and sugar as well because they contribute to high blood pressure and diabetes. It is a slippery slope.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  37. Anvil of Reality

    This company and Cox cable: the only two businesses I know that completely live up to their names.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  38. Badly-Bent

    Good place to do health (or ill health) studies.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  39. rrutman04

    Most people would try it. Just not eat there frequently. Looking at this web poll shows me one thing is clear. Most people are either lying to themselves or simply do not think of food in a rational manner like they do when clicking on a web poll.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  40. Johnnyboy

    With all of the back and forth about why this place should or should not be in business or if folks should or should not eat there. No one has said if the place has good tasting food or not. Many times you have these places the food is made in large volumes but not actually good.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:02 am |
    • Dfrizzle

      Fat and stupid...a lethal combination. Truly.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  41. Spikester

    Ha Ha.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am |
  42. Peter

    The concern here is the cost to society. I'm not even talking about the cost in loss of life, time worked, etc... I'm talking about the amount of money spent on healthcare.

    Since healthcare is (generally) a pooled risk (e.g. the man wasn't paying hospital bills compeltely out of pocket), we collectively bear the cost of that risk. If someone or something is consistently increasing that risk, then we actually pay more out-of-pocket to address that risk. I'm sure everyone likes the idea of "freedom", but no one likes the idea of "cost."

    Unfortunately, the things (such as this) that are the worst for you tend to be the cheapest (per calorie). Thus, the system incentivizes bad eating habits. One solution would be to increase the cost of things that are "bad for you" to offset the risk. This would still allow their consumption without having others bear the brunt of the risk.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am |
    • LJ

      That's bull, and if you do your own shopping you know it. It's all about will power. I can get a big box of oatmeal for $2.50, a dozen eggs for $1.50, 2lbs. of apples for $2, 2lbs of cabbage for $1, a pound of onions, peppers, and potatoes all cost less than $1 each, and I've seen all of them under 50 cents per pound. That right there is less than $10 and I could easily eat for a week on that, if you need meat, you can get most cuts of chicken for under $2 per lb. and even strip steaks can be found for around $7 per pound. Most grocery stores also have an area where they have meat and vegetables at reduced prices for quick sale.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • plainprogrammer

      And the first step in that has to be to end farm subsidies that enable certain food products to be mass-produced at way below their actual cost.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  43. Rhyno

    Just like blaming guns for violence, you can't blame the spoon for making people fat. Time to buck up and start taking responsibility for your actions, people.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • jj

      I agree you make yourself fat but must you nutbags turn everything into a gun right issue. Obama did it or maybe Hillary.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • Wes Scott

      By the same token, you cannot blame the heroine pusher for giving your 8 year old child heroine. After all, it was your kid's choice to actually take it!

      Your argument is pathetic! That restaurant should have been denied a health permit on its name alone! Business owners DO have an obligation to their patrons and the community whose taxes pay for hospitalization for those it injures.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:33 am |
      • anon

        Not to go off topic, but just for your info: Mature, consenting ADULTS should indeed have the right to decide for themselves what should go into their bodies, including something like heroine. An 8yr old, is a bit young to be making that sort of decision, don't you think?

        February 13, 2013 at 11:30 am |
        • anon

          One last thing: Our society has been cooking/frying foods in lard for centuries. Red meat was the only thing consumed in the winter, and low fat foods didn't happen. Consumption of cream, butter and whole milk was abundant. THis was all before heart attacks and obesity even came onto the scene.

          Gluttony may have more to do with this then actual substance.

          February 13, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • dalewalk

      What a lame analogy. Too bad that big guns don't more frequently kill the person holding them, like a spoon will. It's the good people not holding the gun we're concerned about you dolt.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  44. Charles Gannon

    This is great, you can't buy this kind of AD work!

    February 13, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  45. palintwit

    Who cares. It's one less phat phuck tea party patriot the way I see it. I wonder who's going to get the Barca-lounger ?

    February 13, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • Me

      Couldn't have said it better ............

      February 13, 2013 at 9:50 am |
    • AL

      Well, actually, Democrats tend to be fatter than Republicans; and, doesn't Michelle Obama like to shove french fries into her gaping mouth like they are going out of style? Since she enjoys 2,300 calorie hamburger lunches in fancy DC eateries, I'd bet this is just the place for her.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:14 am |
      • jj

        Um...The fattest people are in the south. They are red states. Try again.

        February 13, 2013 at 10:28 am |
        • DR

          Yeah where did you come up with those statistics. Have you seen pictures of tea party rallies? you are an idiot.

          February 13, 2013 at 10:52 am |
      • Wes Scott

        Boy, these last two federal elections really got under your racist skin, didn't they? Just think – you have four more years to rant and rave about Obama, and then you get to start all over on Clinton again! Ain't life grand?

        February 13, 2013 at 10:35 am |
      • John

        Don't know where you got those statistics. For general health, republicans are healthier than democrats. As for states that have more republicans than democrats, they tend to have a higher obesity rate than blue states.

        February 13, 2013 at 10:36 am |
  46. Mark

    My fiancees mother refused to take care of herself or get medical insurance. When she finally got sick she pleaded with us for help with hospital bills. All our hard work and savings went up in a poof of smoke. Then on her deathbed she pleaded for us to finish raising her baby girls. So now our lives are on hold because of this womans life choices. My story is just one example of the untold consequences of people who refuse to take care of themselves. People say it is their life and their choice, but there is always other people who suffer because of it.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Tank Manhammer

      You could have just said no.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:36 am |
      • miles2623

        Yes, she could have. Very easy to say, though. Less easy to do. Try some perspective taking for a moment. What if it was your in-law and your wife/husband wasn't willing to just let his mother fend for her self?

        February 13, 2013 at 9:43 am |
      • Johnnyboy

        That really isn't an option if you are marrying the woman's daughter.

        February 13, 2013 at 9:49 am |
      • MarkinFL

        Yeah, you could just dump your nieces and nephews into the foster system. If you're heartless..

        February 13, 2013 at 10:42 am |
      • amy

        And what a tool you are. She was supposed to abandon the little girls? Schmuck.

        The children should've been removed from her care long before she died.

        February 13, 2013 at 10:54 am |
        • Truth Should Hurt

          Your mother should have had an abortion.

          Maybe two, just to be sure no squalling little fascist was going to crawl out and start making a complete arrse of itself.

          February 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  47. Skeptimist

    Las Vegas is the suicide capital of the U.S. It was a clever marketing bet that some would prefer eating a burger to eating a gun.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:26 am |
  48. VladT

    Moderation, people. Yeah, you've heard it a million times, but the responses below blaming the restaurant astounds me. Remember, "Kelso" ate too much fruit. You know, that natural stuff full of vitamins, and it nearly killed him. Now, not encouraging this as part of a healthy diet by any means, but even once a month would probably be ok here, as long as one ate healthy and exercised.
    For those who thinks this guy raises our health insurance rates, that is the true ignorance. There are so many x-factors, i.e. profit margins, poor health choices, tax laws, personal responsibility (i.e. why do people go to an ER for colds nowadays? See it all the time....when I was a kid and had the flu, I stayed home and had chicken soup, not rushed to the ER with all of the other "emergency" earaches ), and numerous other factors.

    Does this restaurant also serve red herring?

    February 13, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  49. fuzmeister

    Jon Basso is running a fun, indulgent eatery. If people aren't smart enough to know it isn't good to eat there frequently, maybe they deserve what they have coming. That's called survival of the fittest.

    Even if you order a quadruple bypass burger, no one is forcing you to eat it all in one sitting or even order it in the first place. At the end of the day, a lack of discipline is what is responsible for these deaths – not the restaurant and not "Dr." Jon.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:18 am |
    • One Truth

      The same logic can be made for "Smoke Shops" and tobacco growers and cigarette manufactures in general. As long as they make an effort to remind people that their product kills, then they have done their due diligence. After that, its up to the rest of us to be responsible for our actions. But again, their bad choices cost everyone else $$ if we have to pay for their interment while they die a slow death of lung cancer. What about extreme sports? When someone gets stuck on a mountain top in the winter, we still agree to rescuing that person; even if their choice was a bad one to go onto the mountain top. Often times with these cases, we send those people a rescue bill and ask them to pick up the tab.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:18 am |
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