Another Death at the Heart Attack GrillPCRM Calls for a Shutdown
The Heart Attack Grill’s unofficial spokesman John Alleman died Feb. 11 after suffering a heart attack in front of the restaurant he came to every day. In response, the Physicians Committee is urging the Las Vegas Department of Planning to either shut the restaurant down or revamp its menu and name.
In 2011, the diner’s official spokesperson Blair Rivers died at age 29. Because he weighed 575 pounds, he got to eat for free at the restaurant under its promotion offering free food to anyone weighing more than 350 pounds.
Last year, the Physicians Committee told the Heart Attack Grill that it should declare moral bankruptcy and close up shop—or transform its menu. The letter was sent after a diner reportedly had a heart attack while eating the restaurant’s “Triple Bypass Burger.”
The medically themed restaurant also boasts a 2-pound “Quadruple Bypass Burger” with four burgers, bacon, and cheese, “Flatliner Fries” cooked in lard, waitresses dressed as nurses, and a fake ambulance parked outside.
“Meaty, cholesterol-laden meals are not a joke, as the owner would like us to believe. They are deadly,” says Physicians Committee director of nutrition education Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. In a letter to Las Vegas Department of Planning director Flinn Fagg, Levin wrote “Please suspend the license of this dangerous business’s efforts to capitalize on obesity, clogged arteries, and now serial casualties.”