The Heart Attack Grill

The Heart Attack Grill

Liz Wilbur, Writer

I was thinking about what I was going to write about this week, and then in my class we were talking about interesting restaurants that we have heard about or have been to. One of these restaurants is the Heart Attack Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada on Free Mount Street. I had the opportunity to see this restaurant in person while traveling with my family. I did not go in but it looked like a once in a lifetime experience. In the front of the store there is a huge scale, and if you weigh over 350 pounds you eat free. And once you walk into the restaurant, you get put into a hospital gown, and given a wrist band. Once seated either a waitress, a “nurse”, or a waiter or a “doctor” will serve you the “patient”. The order is called a prescription which includes any kind of burger including, “Single”, “Double”, “Triple”, “Quadruple”, all the way up to “Octuple Bypass” hamburgers, ranging from 8 to 32 ounces. Then there is all-you-can-eat “Flatliner Fries” (cooked in pure lard), beer and tequila, “butterfat milkshakes,” and soft drinks such as Mexican bottled cola made with cane sugar. Customers can also order unfiltered cigarettes, or candy cigarettes for children. If you don’t finish your food, a nurse or doctor comes and brings a paddle and spanks you.  A challenge for customers is to finish a Triple or Quadruple Bypass Burger, after they are placed on a wheelchair and wheeled out to their vehicle by their “personal nurse”. Surprisingly there have only been 4 deaths in the restaurant the first one was only a pneumonia complication, but the other one was someone who was eating a triple bypass burger and had a heart attack and died, the 3rd one was a woman fell unconscious while eating a Double Bypass Burger, drinking alcohol, and smoking. Then the 4th person  an unofficial spokesman and daily patron, 52-year-old John Alleman, died of an apparent heart attack while waiting at a bus stop in front of the restaurant.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Attack_Grill