File this under be careful what you wish for. A man suffered a real heart attack last night at the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street. The kitschy restaurant where servers dress up as nurses and guests who weigh more than 350 pounds eat for free is known for its 8,000-calorie Triple Bypass Burger, which the victim was in the midst of eating.
Even though the restaurant looks like a medical center and the staff refers to each other as doctors and nurses, none of the staff are physicians. When the victim started experiencing symptoms, staff called 911. "The gentleman could barely talk," said owner John Basso. "He was sweating, suffering. Anyone with an ounce of compassion would've felt for him."
But diners thought the heart attack was a stunt and took pictures (and video). "Even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that," Basso said, acknowledging that there have been "a ‘variety of incidents' in the past, but this is the first full-scale coronary that happened in his restaurant."
Fox 5 reports that the man is alive, although his name has not been released.
· Video: Man Has a Heart Attack at Heart Attack Grill [Fox 5]
· Man Suffers An Actual Heart Attack at the Heart Attack Grill [~E~]
· All Coverage of Heart Attack Grill [~E~]
Heart Attack Grill [Photo: Heart Attack Grill/Facebook]