The Heart Attack Grill opens in Las Vegas for anyone who has an appetite for bad food. The Grill is known for advertising it’s unhealthy menu, and the name “Heart Attack” is the devil in disguise if you ask a vegetarian. However, this restaurant is in Sin City and surrounded by casinos and the desert, and he’s been welcomed in this part of the country with open arms.
Jon Basso, the owner, says he’s just giving people what they want to eat. And that’s a fact. America does have an obesity crisis for all age groups. Even so, Basso says, “Who cares if it’s bad for you, it’s good.”
While some might feel that the Heart Attack Grill has distasteful marketing, Jon feels he is just telling the truth, and the celebrated theme proves it. There’s even a Las Sports Lounge with an ambulance out front if you can’t handle the food. The waiters and waitresses are all dressed as nurses.
If you’re crazing for a greasy dish, you can go for their signature Quadruple Bypass Burger. This burger contains enough meat for an entire family, weighing in with four half-pound burger patties topped bacon and melted cheese. They don’t put lettuce on it because that would be too healthy.
The restaurant even has a policy that if you’re over 350 pounds, you get to eat for free, which has brought the owner a lot of criticism. On the other hand, it has also brought him a lot of big business. He believes that bad public relationships is free advertising.
Basso said he has operated other restaurants with similar ideas and food, but those states weren’t as welcoming as this Las Desert. He would often face protests each week from local residents to force him to shut down. Jon isn’t afraid of the new opening establishment. There’s a sign on the front door that reads: “The calories you consume in Vegas stay in Vegas.”