Fremont Street's Heart Attack Grill is expanding to the Strip, taking over a troubled section of the Hawaiian Marketplace and bringing its infamous 8,000-calorie burgers, waitresses dressed as "nurses" and enough theatrical outrage to make it the self-described "world's most televised restaurant."
Now hiring, the casual restaurant is looking for "fun, high energy people to 'nurse' our patients back to health with a cold beer and our famous Double Bypass Burgers."
No permits for a structural remodel have been filed, but illuminated signage is already on the way. The 9,000-square-foot space sits beneath a Chili's Grill & Bar and includes its own bar and a Strip-facing patio.
Since July of last year, the space has been host to the Pete Rose Bar & Grill, a replacement Sports Bar & Grill, People’s Republic and Rathaus, which was shuttered before opening day.
Originally from Tempe, Arizona, founder Jon Basso debuted Heart Attack Grill at downtown's Neonopolis in 2011, creating a "prescription" menu including "Flatliner Fries (cooked in pure lard) and the Coronary Dog, Lucky Strike no filter cigarettes, alcohol, Butterfat Milkshakes, full sugar Coca-Cola, and candy cigarettes for the kids."
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"Patients" who are unable to finish their meal are given a very public spanking by the female staff. Inside, all customers are forced to wear hospital gowns and out on Fremont Street, an enormous electronic "cattle" scale can accurately pinpoint any potential guests weighing more than 350 pounds, who are eligible to walk inside and dine on free burgers. It has yet to be revealed if a similar gimmick will make its way to the marketplace.