Thursday, 14th February 2013
HELP YOURSELF TO A HEART ATTACK - Every restaurant needs a gimmick and in Las Vegas where flashy, big and in-your-face establishments are in constant competition, it is hard to stand out and make a name for yourself. Then two years ago, along came the Heart Attack Grill, a restaurant that laughs at fruit and vegetables and fills your plate with such mouthwatering delights as the 10,000 calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger, Coronary Dogs, Flat Liner Fries and Butterfat Milkshakes. A sign on the door warns you before you even enter that “This Establishment is bad for your health” and another that declares “Cash Only-you may die before the check clears.”
The mood is set with nurses running around writing orders on prescription pads as the “doctor” mans the grill. Each customer is given a hospital gown and I.D. bracelet to wear. You may even have your blood pressure checked while waiting for your food to arrive. As an added touch, you receive a ride out of the restaurant in a wheelchair if you order and finish your quadruple bypass meal.
What began as a laugh at the health conscious, has now become the focus of media attention as one of their most frequent customers has passed away a few days ago of…. you guess it, a heart attack. Was it the food or was it his medical history that predisposed him to the chance of a heart attack? Does it really matter?
My intention is not to make light of this gentlemen’s death nor the suffering his family is going through, but when you see a restaurant like this you have to realize that this is novelty food. It is not supposed to be eaten on a regular basis and most of all, not everyday. We all know that and even people with the worst diets in the world will occasionally get bored with the high sugar and high fat food and find themselves craving a glass of water, an apple or maybe even going for a walk.
In a country where obesity is at epidemic proportions for all ages, I am almost surprised the restaurant has stayed open this long. After all, if you weigh in over 350 lbs. you eat for free and how much free food can they afford to give away?
I wouldn’t suggest that this diner alter its menu or decor, since it has struck a chord with the crowd and is enjoying success, but it may be a good idea to take down the sign that says; “Taste Worth Dying For!”