Customer at Vegas’ Heart Attack Grill suffers heart attack

Pedestrians pass by the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas. A man was wheeled out of the restaurant on a stretcher Saturday evening, Feb. 11, 2011 after a medical episode that restaurant employees say looked like a heart attack.
Julie Jacobson | AP
Pedestrians pass by the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas. A man was wheeled out of the restaurant on a stretcher Saturday evening, Feb. 11, 2011 after a medical episode that restaurant employees say looked like a heart attack.
Posted Feb. 16, 2012, at 10:14 p.m.
Menu offerings and warnings are posted in the window of the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas.  A man was wheeled out of the restaurant on a stretcher Saturday evening, Feb. 11, 2011 after a medical episode that restaurant employees say looked like a heart attack.
Julie Jacobson | AP
Menu offerings and warnings are posted in the window of the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas. A man was wheeled out of the restaurant on a stretcher Saturday evening, Feb. 11, 2011 after a medical episode that restaurant employees say looked like a heart attack.

LOS ANGELES — In one of the more unfortunate cases of a company living up to its name, a man dining at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas had exactly what was on the menu: a heart attack.

The diner was eating a “Triple Bypass Burger” — including 1.5 pounds of beef and a dozen bacon slices — this weekend when he began complaining of chest pains, according to a report on KVVU-TV in Las Vegas. Paramedics quickly arrived to treat the customer, who is now recovering.

The restaurant opened in the fall and quickly made headlines for its fatty foods, with meals that regularly feature nearly 10,000 calories. Servers are dressed — scantily — as “nurses” who take “prescriptions” from their “patients.”

“Patients” who weigh more than 350 pounds eat for free. “Taste worth dying for!” the restaurant’s website crows.

The owner, “Doctor” Jon Basso — who doesn’t actually have medical background — said the incident was “horrible.”

“It’s not anything to be taken lightly.”

He said the restaurant has warnings about its bad-for-you food on its door and menu but was still a “full house” midday Wednesday.

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