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

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  1. scooter

    nonsense like this is another big part of why our healthcare system is so expensive. 10% of the patients in the healthcare system account of 75% percent of all the medical bills. Diabetes, heart disease, cancers, stroke, all go way up for people who are obese. The obese are a bi-product of a nation where people are constantly told to consume more and more and more. More steak, more chicken, more pizza, more pasta, fries, burgers, etc. The grocery departments in stores are taken up primarily with hi calorie non-food in boxes and bags. The produce isles are small and filled with food that has been chemically gassed to make it yellow, or red. It is not enough to say just don't over eat when you are submerged in a culture that practically commands that you DO over eat. The exchange students that attend our highschool are the canaries in the coal mine. They show up from France, or Germany, or Italy, slim and fit. By the time they go home they have ballooned 10 or 20 pounds. They are not used to massively high calorie count foods we take for granted. We utterly fail to realize that our eating habits are completely bizzare. Most upper middle class European families have a small fridge that does not rise above the counter top. We would call that a mini fridge, the type we have in our man-caves. We have gone from being a trim and fit nation to being a fat obese nation, and we like it. Yet we cannot understand why we spend so much on healthcare. We blame the insurance company.

    February 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • question

      TD;DR Do you always just make up stats to fit your postings? Cite, or it isn't true.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  2. Hitman

    Have you ever eaten an English big breakfast? Death on a plate!

    February 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      I saw something called a Death Muffin on US of Bacon last night. It was an english muffin with a bacon wrapped sausage patty that was stuffed with bacon tooped off with a poached egg and blackberry jam. xxxooo

      February 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  3. widow

    ahhh freddom in america.. Eat as much as you want and see your life go down the tubes.. Such is the case with every obession..With stress and just daily life most turn to food. Food makes you feel better gives you energy and it is something you need. That is dangerous if you do not know how to control your urges and emotions as obese people obviously have a very hard time doing other wise they wouldn't eat soo much. The problem I see with this restaurant is they glorify being overweight. They want you to be as unhealthy as possible. Even our nutritional facts are based on a 2000 calorie a day diet when in fact if you have a desk job and don't workout you should only be at or around 1500.. that 25% is HUGE... that means that in a month and you are on a 2000 calorie a day diet and you are gaining weight or maintaining an unhealthy weight you should realize you just ate about 8 more days of food per month than you should have. 8 days worth of food.. to put that in an even larger perspective it means you ate about 3 months more food per year than you should. Now do you see why America has such an obesity problem? the obsession of a 2000 calorie a day diet when we need about 1100-1200 a day just to survive and 1500-1600 to be healthy if you are very active. How many obese people do you know that are very active?

    February 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • Weeds

      Sumo wrestlers, for one.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  4. yum yum

    i am all for freedom of choice. men and women have died to protect our choices. but you shouldn't demand care when your health goes to crap. that guy never should have been put on life support. i mean, why should medicare/medicaid pay for this, or hospitals be stuck with the costs of this?

    do what you want as long as it does not hurt others; so long as others don't have to pay for the consequences.

    February 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Everybody's health goes to crap eventually. Are you suggesting we euthanize the elderly or kids that have cancer?

      February 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
      • BBQ

        I think what "Yum Yum" meant was this individual controlled his destiny and he chose poorly. We should not have to pay for his poor judgment. Last time I checked, children don't can cancer from eating 9,000 calorie burgers and the elderly made it that far for a reason....again, not eating 9000 calorie burgers.

        Stop playing devil’s advocate….he made a good point

        February 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          No he didn't.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
      • yum yum


        elderly with chronic conditions that land them in an icu critically ill with prolonged courses account for a significant amount of health care expense.

        children with cancer are heart-breaking, and their potential to live long, productive lives is improved with aggresive healthcare. those with terminal cancer should be kept comfortable in their parents arms.

        the fat guy who chooses to eat this crap day after day should be allowed to die when critically ill, as should anyone who constantly engages in unhealthy lifestyles.

        otherwise, COWTASTESGOOD can foot the bill.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          He was only 180 lbs. And I can afford it.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
      • adam

        Only the kids with cancer who won't stop talking on their cell phones.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Suzi

      This is just a stupid way to die. I just turned 48 and enjoy life. But I learned to actually like good healthy clean food. How short-sighted to put all your pleasure into the minutes (or hours) you spend eating terrible food, and become a sick slow sluggish overweight person who has a heart attack while waiting for a bus? No thanks. I hope that I am not dead in 3 years.....I hope that I'll still be feeling like 20-something and running 7-8 miles or more at a time, wake-boarding, hiking and weightlifting.....even cleaning my own house. Geez. This is a total disregard for life.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • qball

        Living and eating healthy is obviously desirable for how it makes you feel. Just remember however that you're not going to live to see 300, or even a buck fifty for that matter. That's the rub. Your physical body is finite. All that healthy eating and exercise isn't going to buy you a microsecond longer than your genetics will allow you to live. We are programmed to die. My grandmother lived to be 102. She has a high fat diet, was sedentary and overweight most of her life. Explain that one to me...

        February 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
        • MedBiz

          Genetics...unfortunately we are not all within the same gene pool. This argument that we won't live to 150 or 300 years is moot. The point is to make the best of your years. Not everyone can play the odds your grandmother did. You are fortunate to have her genes. The vast majority of Americans do not and therefore their diet will play a crucial roll in whether they get to 100+, see their grandchildren grow, see the next greatest invention- or have a hand in it, or a long life with their soul mate

          March 12, 2013 at 1:14 am |
    • Wr

      Why do you automatically assume that he wasn't paying for his own hospitalization? Just because you live on the government teat doesn't mean everyone does. And those of us that don't are sick of the government telling us what we can eat or drink.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • Dawn

      Did you read another article somewhere else saying that the man was on Medicare and Medicaid? Very presumptuous of you to just assume that he didn't have health insurance either through his job or privately. If he paid into his own health insurance than you have no right to judge him or how he lived his life. There are still people in this world who would rather live their lives on their own terms, even if that means living a shorter life. To each his own. Saying that someone shouldn't have been allowed to even be on life support is a damn cold thing to say.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • jeff van wieren

      Like the guy sitting next to me in a bar on his sixth manhattan and that he had had a liver transplant two months before. That we all paid for!

      February 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
  5. Kat

    "A quadruple bypass burger".....How DISGUSTING we are as a nation that we not only think eating that much meat is OK but also that not only are we killing animals in mass numbers but then also we are dying of heart disease, strokes, and other related illnesses DIRECTLY related to eating meat.
    You will never get the true stats on how bad meat is for you.....the meat industry is the biggest most powerful source of lobbyist money out there.....but it is still a choice everyone has...

    If everyone chose to stop eating meat.....they would value life more.....an animals and their OWN!

    February 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Are those little violins I hear playing?

      February 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
      • Veggie rocks!

        Your name sucks and so do you.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          I bet you smell like an onion and don't landscape.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
      • antifreezetastesgood

        but only an idiot would consume it.

        February 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Veggie rocks!

      I totally agree! Not only is eating meat bad for you but also the mass consumption of so much food at a joint like this. How iswhat this guy did (by eating at this place so often) much different than an alcoholic who drinks himself to death.....or a drug addict who overdoses??? Everyone has an accountability to take care of their own body....no one else will do it for you!

      February 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • jzaks

      Careful not to fall off your podium.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • ArchieDeBunker

      No Kat, the biggest, fattest lobby out there is the entire Democrat party – and they are lobbying to make this nation into a Socialist Welfare State, where the Government can make all your decisions for you – including what you are allowed or not allowed to eat. And, I guess you'd probably wish we could go back and stop all those cave men from eating meat – and maybe the animals should have been stopped from eating each other too, eh? After all, it couldn't be good for a lion to gorge himself on a wildebeest and then go to sleep! Think of all the shortened lives of lions and tigers and such because they ate meat! Such a shame!

      February 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
      • Kat

        You are an idiot. There is a process called "evolution" MORON that allowed us as a human race to EVOLVE in our thinking and develop better, healthier ways to get nutrition. Are you still comparing us to the "CAVE MAN AGE".....what? Do you still carry around a club and hit women over the head......and drag them back to a cave"
        A lobbyist is a lobbyist.....and they can buy off anyone they want.....don't be an idiot. and as far as comapring the need to eat meat like wild animals.....wild animals don't mass consume and torture lives like we do... there is NO comparison

        You have no point" Archie"

        February 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          Tourture lives? Ha. Besides, it's just a freaking cow, pig, chicken, fish, etc. I'd eat a dog if it was cooked right.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
        • Harbinger

          The tragedy is that our technology outpaced evolution of the modern brain. And for all its goods, those who have the healthiest diets include a balance of vegetables, meat and fruit and stay away from sodium and starches...bottom line. Meat may be murder, but life is life and vegetables and fruits are just as much alive, just because they don't have faces doesn't mean you are not ending life when you consume them.

          February 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
        • cowtastegoodisstupid

          Hey "cowtastesgood"....

          I bet you taste like a pile of poop:)......I hope someday all you are bites you in the ass and you suffer horriibly before you die.
          If it happens...."smile" and remember all those animals you ate....

          February 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
        • response to Harbinger

          This is response to a 'life is a life"......TOTALLY disagree Harbinger......go and witness a fish when caught flopping around gasping for air or a chicken that actually follows you around because it has gotten attached to human contact.

          If it bleeds Harbinger.....it is a LIFE......plants are alive but do not have a thought process or have a heart that beats....

          The sooner you stop thinking eating another being's flesh is OK....the sooner life will be respected and evolve into something much different than the planet we have today and what if happening to it.


          February 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
      • Party of Lies

        Funny, Republicans have historically been working on chipping at the US Constitution, personal freedoms and passing laws that limit lifestyle choices. In short, Republicans are making the US a Socialist Corporatocracy.

        February 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
      • SeilnoigileR

        Do you folks get a daily list of anti-liberal/democrat talking points to spew? I hope they pay you enough to spread your ridiculous exagerations like manure. In case you hadn't figured it out we're all Americans and slapping labels on people is just ignorant. On both sides.

        February 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      I can't wait to go there. I wouldn't eat there everyday, but a special occasion to dine on a big greasy bacon cheesburger and milkshake sounds divine. Everything in moderation.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
      • MedBiz

        mmm...are you getting off your high horse to sell it to the burger place?

        March 12, 2013 at 1:24 am |
  6. cloud91977

    Hopefully no one is wanting pity for this guy. As a long time nurse who has seen countless people kill debilitate themselves by eating glutonous amounts of food and ending up with diabetes and heart disease, I'm fairly sick of those who then expect anyone to save them after the fact. There's enough good health information out there that anyone who'd eat at a place called "Heart Attack Grill" deserves what they get.

    February 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      You should find a new profession because you sound like a heartless beech.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • cowtastegoodisstupid

        Actually "COWTASTEGOOD" you have replies and comments all over this article....

        Think you should simply stop eating meat because it is making you stupid.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          And you should shower. Might help you get laid and maybe be not so presumptious and self-conscious. You too, veggie.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • Veggie rocks!

      Well said. AMEN!

      February 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  7. joebob

    He died for what he believed in , truly a BIG MAN

    February 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  8. Mike from Seattle

    I could only eat in a place like this if I got free refills on the Diet Coke.

    February 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  9. Ronald McDonald

    We'll miss him at our restaurants too. We need more people like him who love quantity over quality and don't know pink slime from shinola.

    February 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  10. ACM

    I don't care for smokey places, so, no, I wouldn't eat there. But the menu sure sounds tasty!

    February 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • dike

      Me too, I would never go there, the food is good but the smoke kills. Smoking causes cancer and all the bad stuff. I wish it was non smoking restaurant

      February 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • MedBiz

      ACM and dike, have you NOT followed the general conversation? DIET KILLS MORE PEOPLE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, smoke still kills but eating garbage advertised by companies that hire Ivy League psych majors to figure out what makes your mind tic so they can subvert rational thinking with clever jingles and supported by lobby groups that have tilted the tables of the federal guidelines to favor poor diets has basically declared war on Americans – for a healthy profit.

      March 12, 2013 at 1:35 am |
  11. DareDevil

    If you die while doing what you love.. It's all good.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  12. Jeann

    "Heart Attack Grill"...You Americans are so funny in the way you embrace your poor taste, lack of refinement and general slob nature. You would never find a place like this in more refined Europe.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      You mean a refined Europe that harbors pedophiles?

      February 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • debbie

      yes, we could always be more classy and eat snails as a delicacy

      February 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      We also have Hooters and Twin Peaks.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Democritus

      We have more than our share of lazy fat-asses but at least the food here tastes good. Euro food is awful. You people ever hear of seasoning?

      February 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Carolyn S.

      You non-Amricans are so funny Jeanne the way you lump all Americans together over one singular cafe. So droll.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • Carolyn S.

        Pardon, I meant Jeann not Jeanne. You non-Americans are so funny the way you can't spell given names properly. I'm grateful we Americans are never guilty of that.

        February 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • gb333

      I agree, but not all Americans are like that.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • roosterfish 5.56

      I just got back from Bucharest. Our rats wouldn't even live there.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • cricgolf

      Yup Jeann,
      Like refined Fish and chips and British Liver and Onions!! Blech!!!!

      February 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • ndirish1842

      No response from Jeann?...guess she gave up...must be French.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • camel

      I know why you have your nose in the air... cause I'm leaning down to fart in your face!

      February 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Wayward Son

      I suppose in Europe you'd keep a place like this hidden – like you do with soap.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
      • BTA

        OMG I totally LOL – that was way too good... and dead on. Ohhhhhhhhh thank you.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
      • GetOffYourHighHorse

        Don't forget they put mayonaise on their fries and their Royale with Cheese.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
      • Manic Panic

        Thank you...this totally cracked me up!

        February 13, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • Rick

      If the people of America are so unrefined and not up to your standards then we should have let Hitler and the Kaiser destroy it and when will Europe pay back all of the money owed to the US for rebuilding it. Europe is good at criticizing and putting down cultures other than their own but you ought to look at your own morbid past.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • ladyplf

      Lack of freedom is nothing to brag about and neither is snobbery. God bless the USA!

      February 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • Maasie

      And all of the Euro Trash will be right behind us!

      February 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Nanya

      Ahh, Jeanne,
      You've discovered the very raison d'etre for the Heart Attack Grill... To offend people whose delicate sensibilities find "European culture" (as though there's a homogenous strain of refinement running through Europe...) preferable to our loutish 'Murkan culture. Enjoy! The rest of us louts will wallow here in our unrefined freedom. :)

      February 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • usa

      youre right. dont forget however, that on more than one occasion, these lazy self indulgent slobs bailed youre sorry pig- farming continent out of a couple little scuffles. perhaps youve read of them in history, they were called WWI and WWII. then you guys still couldnt play nicely with each other, so now we have to play babysitter and give you our used weapons. Btw, greasy cheeseburgers taste good, better than occupations leftovers im sure;)

      February 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • Not a Scholar

      Five years in Europe eating at your fine dining locations. Came back to the states with coronary artery disease. Your food is fried in animal fat. Sausages and such. Served with gravies and sauces and mayonnaise. It is heavy on salt. There are plenty of over-weight people in Europe. Please, after 5 years of traveling from Sicily to Norway and the UK, I know better.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
      • whozits

        Spent three childhood years in Europe. Dad used to say that the French devloped sauces to cover up that the meat was spoiled. Lots of courses of small portions so you don't get enough bites to really taste what's in it. The English have traditionally eaten high fat foods (full English breakfast, chips (fries) dipped in butter.) I loved German food – simple, clean, pickled or gingered, beet sugar) but the sausages aren't heart friendly, nor are the portions. Jean lumps all European cuisine into one (there are at least three major cuisines in France alone.) Oh! And the French eat horse, the Italians eat donkey. The horsemeat presently showing up in English frozen food and labeled as 'beef' is from Romania. If Europeans made the best, healthiest 'fast food', it wouldn't be Star$ and Mickey D's in Bejing and Bangkok and Nairobi and Paris. We make tasty fast food, menus include 'healthy' items few order. In India, a Big Mac contains no beef. They don't sell the MacRib in Tel Aviv. The pizza in the Pizza Hut in Bangkok has chicken instead of pepperoni. You can eat mock-American anywhere these days.

        Me, I blame the 'obesity epidemic' on the change in work (from heavily manual to heavily sedantary) and the proliferation of substitutes (high fructose sweeteners, aspartame, reduced fat mayo, margarine, methylcellulose and other 'dough conditioners' in bread, salt substitutes (sodium nitrate instead of sodium chloride is still salt, folks.)) That and I remember when an elementary school lunchbox contained a sandwich composed of two slices of bread, a tablespoon of Miracle Whip and one slice of cheese along with an orange the size of a regulation baseball, a pair of Hostess cupcakes and a small bag of chips. None of us were fat but we all took PE every morning and had two recesses where we played hard. Now we dope up our kids so they can sit still for a mind numbing seven and a half hours of preparing for standardized tests. Bring back PE, playing outside, riding your bike to school, get rid of the fifty pound backpack that makes it impossible to move well and our kids won't build the brown fat that will make adult life a torture of chasing a livable diet. Brown fat actually triggers appetite, reduces the effectiveness of insulin and almost insures obesity. President Kennedy made exercising at school a national prioroty. Bring it back.

        February 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
    • Idiot Box

      We have a saying here in the U.S. Jeann...."Dont' knock it till you try it. " Ever had a burger and fries? Texas BBQ ribs? No? Then STFU and eat your horse meat stew. To your defense, I've been to Europe and the food was amazing. However, don't adhere to the typical French sterotype and continue to be a total snob with an inflated sense of taste and refinement and make unsubstantiated and justified claims on food you've never eaten. B/c that makes you look like more of a moron than you already do.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • esmiranda

      You Europeans are so funny in the way you embrace your boring bourgoisie tastes, your haughty pretense of refinement, and your general snob nature.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • Marky360

      Too bad for you euro trash bastards then here in America we have food you'd actually want to eat not snails and what other crap you eat in europe

      February 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      Amy's Winehouse? That sounds awesome!

      February 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • A

      Excellent trolling. Also, I take it you've never been to Sicily.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • Harbinger

      oh and who can forget switzerland where prostitution is legal at age 16...and so is screwing your cousin as long as you don't have any children from it.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  13. tag

    I would try it but I wouldnt get one of their gimmick things, just give me a regular double cheeseburger I can actually eat and afford.

    Nothing wrong with bad food like this unless you are a "loyal customer." Your body can easily handle something like this without negative consequences, the problems come from when you eat it so often that your body can no longer process it normally.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  14. debbie

    I personally don't care what they eat, but they should be held to pay up at higher rates just like smokers for health insurance, and don't give me the nonsense they hurt noone else, ever tried to care for an unconscious vent dependant patient,? one of the reasons the medical facilities pay such high workers comp rates. It affects us all, and they should pay for their choices just like smokers are going to have to do.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Tom

      I personally don't care what Debbie thinks. Who are you to tell people what they should do! That's why this is the USA. Freedom of Choice. You don't like it, don't go! I personally think it would be fun to try something there

      February 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • debbie

        Tom who are you to tell me what I can say or can't, you double talking nut. If you read what I said, I never said they couldn't, they just need to pay for their extra cost like smokers are going to have to do. And guess what? Obesity cost us all more in health care cost than smokers ever did, and that's not an opinion, it's a fact!

        February 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Derp

      Ok, how would you feel about charging women higher premiums because their health costs considerably more than men's, especially young men?

      February 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
      • debbie

        Well Derp, unless a person has a sex change, being a woman or a man is not a "choice" and that health care cost evens out as men age. Eating excessively on a regular basis, (and it says he's a regular) is a CHOICE, so there's your answer.

        February 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  15. Justin H

    I'd never eat at such a place! Free people, though, can do whatever they want with themselves. If they want to increase their risk of heart attack/stroke/cancer/diabetes, that's their business...

    February 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  16. jj

    It's known as free will. Not very intelligent, but free will

    February 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  17. Josh

    As with anything, moderation is the key. It won't hurt to eat there once. But make it a habit, and well, there ya go.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Michael Addition

      Exactly! Moderation is the key.

      I only shoot heroin bimonthly. Some fools do it all the time, and that's just bad for your health. As I told my dealer, "everything in moderation". If only the rest of you could see things like Josh and I do!

      February 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  18. Jim

    I wouldn't eat there because I don't eat that type of food, but I don't think it's a bad place nor are they responsible for this man eating himself to death. Eat at McDonalds every day and the same thing is likely to happen, just because they mock and don't hide the result of what will happen doesn't mean they are a bad business.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  19. Maleficent

    52 is far too young. He probably shaved at least 20 years off his lifespan. I hope the lifestyle was worth it. Condolences to the family.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Probably not. The guy only weighed 180 lbs and both of his parents died of heart attacks in their 50's.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
      • its karma

        well that makes him an idiot on top of everything else.

        He knew he had a genetic issue and still ate a "heart unhealthy" diet.

        That is like having both parents die of colon cancer and scoffing at a colonoscopy.

        Or knowing you are a diabetic and still drinking a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew everyday.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
        • proud to be a Veggie

          Good answer!!!!!!!!!

          February 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  20. me

    It's sad that 25% of people who voted think the restaurant "shouldn't even be in business." Are you that unsure of your ability to eat in moderation that you want to control everyone?

    I'm 5'2" 110lbs with excellent cholesterol levels and I voted that I'd go there. An occasional high calorie splurge in my otherwise ideal diet isn't going to hurt me. But then again, I believe in education and trust myself to make my own decisions.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Josh

      Agree 100-percent. I'm in pretty good shape and take care of myself, but eating junk food like that every once in a while is fine just as long as you don't make it a habit. And I doubt most of the patrons of this place eat there regularly, nor do they eat the very worst things on the menu.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • fattycakefatfat

      unfortunately the people who have no self control are always the ones who want to deprive everybody else of things, and there are a whole lot of them out there

      February 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • its karma

        yeah, those jerks who can't handle thier sex, drugs and alcohol have trying to force me to live by their weak standards for years. Grow a pair and make sure YOU make the right choices, don't assume that because YOU are a weakling so is everyone else.

        Just so pathetic, those morally obnoxious a $ $ wipes.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • Michael Addition

      I'm not unsure of MY ability to eat in moderation. I'm unsure of other people's ability to. Why should I care? It's their choice?

      Yeah, but obesity and the health costs associated with it affect us all.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Derp

      Same here, although I'm a guy and a lot bigger. Actually right now I'm overweight not from eating, but from working very long hours (65-76 per week).

      I would not eat it now, but when I am working a lighter schedule and have time to get back into shape, I would definitely love to try it out occasionally. Spending your life avoiding food you might enjoy and things that might be fun in life to add a few extra years to an infirm life is not a life worth living imo. Staying fit into your 70s is a far better move if it happens than avoiding food and still being sedentary in your 30s.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
  21. HowNow?

    I would never personally go there myself, however, I wouldn't go so far as to say they shouldn't be allowed to be in business. They make it very clear their food is NOT healthy, and if someone chooses to partake and suffer the consequences, then that is his/her choice.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  22. Hitman

    Life is short. Don't let the government tell you what you should or should not eat! Yes, i will have fries with my order!

    February 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • Kt

      That's fine by me as long as you can cover all your medical bills and I don't have to watch you eat.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
      • cowstastegood

        That's fine with me as long as you can......shut your tofuhole.

        February 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
      • Hitman

        I will have Obamacare. Thanks to Americans!

        February 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
      • me

        Is anyone so foolish as to think the occasional junk food meal is really going to determine one's entire life history?

        February 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      ...with chili and cheese.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
  23. Jim

    I try to stay off the Darwin Award list whenever I get the chance, so I'll pass.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
  24. Tim

    We have a candidate for this year's Darwin Award.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Right behind those who'll drive a Prius on the freeway.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • ArchieDeBunker

        Funny comment – about the Prius. However, I wish Toyota had gotten the name spelled correctly. It's actually supposed to be spelled "Pryus" – as in, "after we had ridden 25 miles in it, they had to 'pry us' out of it."

        February 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
      • SeilnoigileR

        Right, because it's so dumb to actually want to stop using up all of our limited fossil fuel supplies and make a difference in the amount of pollution we put into the atmosphere. Let me take a wild guess and say that you also want to reduce the deficit for future generations. Unfortunately, they'll all be dying off, but they'll have money! No if only they had a viable planet to spend it on.

        February 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  25. iceload9

    It rare to see such honesty in advertising.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  26. Captain Beef Iron

    All that beef has a ton of iron. Like eating a rusted can with every meal.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  27. DoubleB

    Ryan – now under Obamacare when you overeat you directly affect everyone else. The insurance rates of all others must pay to support your unhealthy habits, mandated by government.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Mike

      Not sure how Obamacare is the cause... This is a decades old issue which has resulted in the Gov't having to do something in an attempt to reign in the ever increasing healthcare premium.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
      • annalisa524

        Obamacare prohibits charging higher insurance premiums to individuals with preexisting conditions or medical problems, including obesity. Since insurance companies can't charge these individuals a higher rate, they have to increase everyone's rate. As a result, everyone has higher insurance premiums. We're forced to subsidize the choices of people to wreck their health, instead of holding them responsible for the consequences.

        February 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Joel

      This is simply not true. We have government mandated health insurance, but have not gone to a single provider system. Also, that's the way all insurance works. A large group od consumers pay small indivdual premiums that are pooled together to cover possible catostrophic losses in the future.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • Mike

      Something most Americans don't seem to realize is that we were paying for peoples poor lifestyle choices even before obamacare. Those that lived long enough, or those who went on disabilty, would eventually fall into the Medicare system and would rack up more medical bills than those who took good care of themselves. This is another reason our "for profit" medical system needs to go away and be completly government controlled. It's not just those who lived poorly that rack up more Medicare debt, its also those who simply couldn't afford to get any sort of preventative care early on. Another reason our life expectancy is so dismally low compared to other civilized nations. And if you want to brand me "Socialist" for thinking the government should pay for medical care of it's citizens then I brand you Socialist for thinking they should pay for the police and fire departments. The medical industry is the number one contributor to our GNP so is it any wonder the media is so bent on convincing us that wanting free or at least affordable care is evil???

      February 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • BSM

      This is not an Obamacare issue. Insurance companies have always profited hugely by charging fees based on averaging the needs of healthy and unhealthy customers – mandated healthcare has nothing to do with it. Even if this cretin wasn't insured, he would still receive hospital care. Who do you think pays for that? Everyone else with increased healthcare costs! So either way, pre- or post-Obamacare, the public loses.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  28. Cindy Smith

    Seriously CNN?? Just watched your interview with the guy who owns this restaurant. WHO CARES!!!!! It's sad someone chose to eat there every day and died, it's sad to lose any human being. But ask the owner if he feels responsible??? REALLY????? I can't believe you are airing this crap, not to mention giving the pompous owner so much free publicity!! REALLY????? If an adult....an adult, chooses to eat there, that is his choice. The restaurant isn't responsible to turn away a customer.....hello, it's a business! If a kid was brought there daily by someone, and the child died, it would be the parents faulty....still not the restaurant. Come on!! Ohhhhh, this just angered me to no end. I am getting close to turning you guys off and just listen to our local news. Geez!! Cindy Smith

    February 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Sad how? He didn't eat there everyday and according to other articles was a very friendly and happy person.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • Duane in Fremont

      Yet, you not only watched it on CNN – you also went to the story here on their site – then you take time to leave a long comment... seems like YOU care. CNN wins cuz you took a lot of time out of your day to them.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  29. Prem

    I did not understand the point of highlighting this particular establishment and story...I dont see CNN bringing McDonalds, Burger King or Wendys and yet people eat there daily as well. Wouldn't the time spent on this story be better spent on bringing on someone to talk about healt and nutrition - Highliting a single establishment does not resolve the problem it just initated free marketing for the establishment

    February 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • its karma

      irony – I mean he had a heart attack right in front of the heart attack grill and he was their #1 customer. That drips with irony just like their burgers drip with grease.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
      • super cereal

        That's not irony. Irony would be if a healthy vegan died of a heart attack in front of the restaurant. Irony = the exact opposite of what you would expect of a situation. This one is right where you'd expect it.

        February 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  30. cowstastegood

    Love how CNN leaves out the part about the guy only weighing 180 lbs. and that both of his parents died of heart attacks in their 50's. God forbid letting the sheeple think for themselves and realize it was genetics not food as the reason for this guys heart attack.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Smith111

      Genetics. That's funny.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • cowstastegood

        Ignorance. That's funny.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
        • Smith111

          Yep. Looks like you have both your bases covered.

          February 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          Yep. Looks like you have your head covered with your a$$.

          February 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
        • Smith111

          Cool, so you can enlighten us how genetics specifically cause heart attacks? No, I didnt think so.

          February 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          And you can enlighten us on how they don't? Exactly.

          February 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
        • Smith111

          Yep, multitudes of research on the small LDL particles (not the large LDL particles) adhere to the endothelial cells of the arteries and start the buildup of plaque. Your turn. Oh wait, you still cant.

          February 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
        • adam

          This whole dialog is hilarious.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          And mutitudes of research also shows that those that are more prone to this buildup are 85-95% more likely to have a parent or grandparent with the same issue. Try again.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Danram1

      Not even close to being right. Yes, genetics does play an important part, but so does diet. If you're continually stuffing your body with saturated fats and your blood cholesterol levels are high as a result, it makes it much easier for blockages to form in your cornorary arteries.

      Does eating fatty foods guarantee that you're going to die prematurely from a heart attack? No, it doesn't. But the fact that standing out in the middle of the freeway at rush hour doesn't guarantee that you'll get hit by a car doesn't mean that you're not an idiot for doing it.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • cenk2000

        Heart Disease is actually reversable by changing your nutrition through diet and nutritional supplements. We are wasting billion of dollars a year un unnecessary coranary heart by pass surgery, Surgery is ineffective becasue it does not chagne the root cause of the problem, Inflammation. I agree with the owner that the American Medical Assocaition has done nothing to prevent the obesity epidemic and the epidemic of diabetis and heart disease in this country. And the cost of un necessary medical care for these preventable illness is bankrupting our country.If we just shut down 80 percent of our hospitals we could let these people die off sooner and not bankrupt the country.

        February 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • cowstastegood

        Sooo, if genetics "plays an important part" how was I not even close to being right?

        February 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • proud to be a Veggie

      Hey Cowtastesgood.......genetics in our society simply means....he was in the" same family that ate the same way"......there are no conclusive studies that people are BORN with bad arteries......but they sure do develop the same patterns.....and that includes.....bad diet.....lack of exercise and bad habits!!!!
      (or am I talking too fast for you??)

      February 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  31. Ttom

    Is this story supposed to be funny, sad or both? I can't decide.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • gocraiggo

      More like "ironic!"

      February 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
      • super cereal

        not ironic!

        February 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  32. Ryan

    I'm a liberal but I'm entirely on the "personal responsibility" side for eating food. Unlike things such as smoking, guns, etc., eating unhealthy food ONLY HURTS YOU. If you don't work and you put yourself in poverty, you're hurting your kids too and I support welfare for the sake of the kids. If you smoke in a building, you're hurting others with your second-hand smoke and that should be regulated to protect the people who didn't choose to smoke. But if you eat junk food, you're only hurting yourself, and everyone should have the right to hurt themselves.

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

      I hear you Ryan... However, on the flip side... Obesity patients consume a whole lot of health care $$$$. So in away, it does affect all of us in higher health care premiums. Just sayin

      February 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
      • cowstastegood

        Feel free to opt out.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
        • adam

          Opt out of what? Society? Cows actually do taste delicious but this troll is an idiot who should think a little before spouting off.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
        • Kriss

          Yeah...cowstastegood...it's not worth it to pay for your psychiatric help

          February 14, 2013 at 5:48 am |
    • cenk2000

      Dear Ryan. The tax supported free medical care for the obese is bankrupting our country. WE could be spending more money on pollution controls, sewerage treatment, clean energy, infrastructure and so on. Cut out the free medical care and let these people die early.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  33. cowstastegood

    I eat at this place everytime I'm in Vegas. Afterwards I cropdust as many vegetarians I can find.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • cowtastessogoodisstupid

      I am picturing what you look like and it is not pretty....

      WOW....what is it like to be on your planet?? I think you eat animals because they are defintitely SMARTER than you and you feel threatened.....

      I can only imagine it goes like this....."Look....what is that on the road....looks like a chicken........I am going to EAT it."

      February 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
  34. Raphael Larrinaga

    I don't see any harm in splurging once in a while, but you have to set limits for yourself. Being a regular customer of a restaurant that serves ridiculously high fat and calorie laden entrees is just asking for trouble. Most people wouldn't consider going home every night after work, and then frying a pound of bacon for their dinner. Dinner for one, that is. I see nothing wrong with this restaurant, as long as the customers who dine there realize that it is what it is, and that is a once-in-a-while indulgence.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Michael

      That all depends on what the definition of "is" is.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  35. Boo

    I'd go to this place for laughs and when the waiter asked me what I wanted I'd ask him for the lo-calorie specials.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • Smith111

      The low cal special is only 1500 calories.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • sam stone

      i would go to the place with a recording of a tuba, and play it every time one of the extra large folks walk by

      February 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
  36. Next big thing

    I am going to open a store where you can pay 1000 bucks to get shot in the face. I will instantly be a millionaire because of all the contrarian conservative dumbasses who will jump on board because "this is merica", and take them out of the gene pool all at once. Win-Win!

    February 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Truth Should Hurt

      Why don't you just open your mouth, insert shotgun, squeeze trigger and raise the IQ of your neighborhood by 10 or 15 points?

      February 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
      • Jesus loves all EXCEPT you!!!


        February 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • sam stone

      they would not do that, because it would mean that they actually had to go meet jeebus

      February 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • NotYoDaddy

      I'm going to start a Whack a Lib chain.

      Bet ya I retire before you do.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
      • Michael

        You will certainly become a retard before I do

        February 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
  37. Smith111

    Reading the link in the article, a guy had a heart attack almost exactly one year ago (2/15/12). Averaging one a year isnt going to cure the obesity problem.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Gordon

      Isn't that just the people that had a heart attack while AT the restaurant?

      February 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  38. Mike from Seattle

    I guess when it comes to "Food for Thought", this guy was a regular Einstein.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
  39. SeilnoigileR

    Perhaps, instead of trying to regulate our way out of this sort of abomination, we could educate people about the facts surrounding food and any other activities considered 'bad'? If everyone shunned this sort of all-American display of outrageous excess, they wouldn't be open. Don't make it illegal, don't label it immoral, just make sure everyone knows how absolutely disgusting it is. Have we not learned that banning things only makes them more tantalizing?

    February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Smith111

      Educating has been failing miserably. These people know they are unhealthy, and at risk, but they continue anyway.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
      • SeilnoigileR

        Sad, but true, I'm afraid. I'm not saying food is necessarily bad per se, just that this degree of excess is ludicrous. There are billions without food on this planet and we stuff ourselves with enough food in one sitting to feed a small village. Then we wonder why the rest of the world has this love/hate relationship with us.

        February 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • me

      I agree with educating instead of banning and dictating, but I disagree that any food is "bad." One meal at this restaurant is not going to kill someone who lives an otherwise healthy and moderate lifestyle.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  40. OhBoy

    Wow. This topic is just crazy, some are people are just trying to be funny and laugh this off and others are truly affected by this issue. First off, obesity is an issue – it must be thought of in line with Alcoholism and the public needs to be better educated about the dangers of not only eating badly but overeating. However, that being said, we do live in a capitalistic and free society and it's anyone's right to not only to create an irresponsible restaurant but to eat there as well... that's our freedom of choice. And I for one am not against that.

    The only thing I have an issue with is letting anyone that weighs more than 350lbs eat for free – it's a mean gimmick designed to hurt those that may have a problem. Even bars have restrictions on them, if they see that a patron comes in inebriated or is drinking way too much, they have to "cut them off". It's like a bar having a policy to give Alcoholics free drinks! It must be thought like that because the situations are very similar, they are both compulsory, genetic and addictive issues.

    So keep doing what you're doing Heart Attack Grill, but just have a heart (pun intended) and regulate what you serve to who from time to time and PLEASE get rid of your Eat for Free if over a certain weight – it's not cool. Thanks.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • LoveMeSomeFastFood

      Yeah, I agree with that. Get rid of that stupid schtick – even McDonald's wouldn't do that... and I'm sure they're run by Satan.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Jeff

      Ok...first of all...

      Being obese is a choice...if you choose to eat junk...you will get fat. Plain and simple. I don't have a lot of sympathy for people that make the wrong choices in life.

      2nd of all...the Heart Attack Grill loves this stuff...they make a product that you will end up with clogged arteries from..so for someone to die of a heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill...trust me...the company loves this stuff.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
      • Florist

        Being a rude, unsympathetic jerk is also a choice. You choose every day to be a judgmental person who thinks he is above everyone else. I have zero sympathy for you.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
        • Jeff

          Well..since I don't care what you think...I take pride in being a jerk.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
        • SeilnoigileR

          Isn't claiming he's being judgemental mean you're judging as well? Hypocritical much? All the pots and kettles in here.....all the same color, yet trying to point out that one is blacker than the other. It's hysterical!

          February 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  41. Sam the Sham

    The last stronghold of American freedom. Just don't elect the idiot Bloomberg in Vegas. Doing what we decide we want to do is the American way (that's going fast).

    February 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • Florist

      I agree. They can serve whatever the heck they want and market it any way they like. No one is being forced to eat there. It's not like they hide the fact that it's unhealthy.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
    • John Farmer

      "Doing what we decide we want to do is the American way." That is the exact same strategy used by Wall St., and looked what happened in 2008-2009. The developed world has learned that setting limits and regulations is best, and is what Bloomberg did in NY. If you are a parent, then you will understand about setting limits for your kids – unless you want your kids to be complete terrors.

      Only Americans think what Bloomberg did recently is a knock against freedom. All he did was limit how much you can drink at one time, he didn't stop you from drinking or going back for refills. The world pretty much rolled their eyes and laughed at all Americans that complained about it.

      Implementing something like that in this case is also necessary. With obesity on the rise, someone will have to pay for all the insurance and medial expenses incurred, and it will fall onto the average citizen. Sorry, obesity isn't free.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  42. achepotle

    excellent marketing! I think casinos should use down and out gambling addicts who commit suicide as unofficial mascots, too!

    February 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • adam

      achepotle wins the internet!

      February 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
  43. George Bush

    That is just plain gross. Having a heart attack just waiting for a bus is no way to die at 52. And the guy dying at 29 is just sad.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • Sam the Sham

      They probably shouldn't have ate so much. (of course, you can't tell anyone they're fat anymore)

      February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
      • Florist

        Riiiiiiiight, because if you didn't tell them, they'd never know,right? Everyone who is fat knows it. It's also none of your business. The problem is that jerks don't know they're jerks. They walk around thinking they are normal people and have no idea how much the people around them dislike them. However, if you try to tell them they're jerks, they get upset. That's the real problem. You probably really don't know, do you?

        February 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
        • super cereal

          what got crammed up your whole?

          February 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
  44. 3rdprtyadmin

    Do what you want, but pay the price. Hospital bills, search and rescue etc. If a mountain climber needs to be rescued, they should pay the bill. If a recreational boater needs to be rescued, the Coast Guard should be reimbursed. People should be required to take out insurance policies that would cover rescue operations for dangerous VOLUNTARY activities. They should be charged higher premiums for higher risk (such as obesity, smoking, excessive drinking) as well.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Smith111

      I think he did what he wanted and he paid the price.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  45. Smith111

    The business model is all wrong. They're losing money. Skinny people should eat free. Anyone overweight should have to pay.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  46. Jean

    Problem with all of the people on this board who are oh so aghast that a place like this ispermitted to be in business is you believe there is no personal responsibility and that there should be no consequences for the choices people make. This is America, anyone is free to start a business if they have the money and the ability and everyone else is free to buy from that business, or not. This man made his choice, unfortunately he has to "live" with the choices he made. If there were no one willing to go to this grill it would be out of business – that's how the free market works.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Jordan

      I see no wrong with a place like this existing. But people should have the personal responsibility to know it's not a place to go eat at often. It's in Vegas, after all. Most people go there for a vacation, would eat there once while there for the novelty of it, and never go again. Nothing wrong with that.

      If you live there, however, you should be responsible enough to know better.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  47. common sense

    i kinda wish the people at both extremes of the 'dietary habits spectrum' would settle down on their extremism. we need vegetables, a limited amount of meat, carbs, dairy, cholesterol, fat, etc... and we also need to splurge once in a while. why is this compromise, which is not hard to live out, such a touchy issue? yeah, every adult has the right to eat however they want. they also have the right to eat in a balanced way. afterward, it's a question of choice, I understand, but we're responsible for maintaining our own health. exercising rights without fulfilling our responsibilities is totally out of balance.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Dyeing to be Blonde

      Can I quote you re: gun control?

      February 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  48. the_dude

    FYI we are all going to die at some point. The fat tub 'o lard and the self-important vegan.....both will die one day.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Ms. McCarthy

      thats why the restaurant is in Las Vegan!

      February 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • linda

      The reason others should not INDULGE is because WE ALL GET TO PAY FOR THEIR HOSPITALIZATION. Yes, we do.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  49. piranha

    A mortuary next door to this eatery is probably funny too, or a hospital.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
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