Monday, February 20, 2012

A True Patriot?

Menu at Heart Attack Grill
"We believe it self-evident that every man has the right to eat himself to death" Did Thomas Jefferson say that? lol
 I'm not sure Mr. Jefferson ever foresaw Las Vegas or the Jon Basso's of the world. No one wants goverment interference, but democracy certainly works best when individuals care about the common good more than greed. I hope Mr. Basso eats heartily and often of the fare he promotes. I hope the rest of us are smart enough to vote with our feet and put him out of business.

The restaurant owner of the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas where a patron recently suffered an apparent heart attack while eating a 6,000 calorie Triple Bypass Burger defended his place as a freedom-loving establishment based on values our nation's "Founding Fathers intended us to live" by.

Speaking on Fox and Friends Friday morning Jon Basso says his restaurant isn't just a place to get artery clogging meals, like the Triple Bypass.

"What it's all about is a place where you can live the way our Founding Fathers intended us to live, and that is by our own accord," he said.

Inside the theme restaurant there are "doctors" and ''nurses" -- staff dressed up in white coats and nurses hats -- and health warnings on the walls. Diners are given surgical gowns to wear while they choose items like "Bypass" burgers, "Flatliner" fries and buttermilk shakes.

On Saturday, a customer was stricken with an apparent heart attack while eating the Triple Bypass Burger. The man was carted away by paramedics and is reportedly now recovering.

But this week a Washington, D.C.-based anti-meat advocacy group asked Basso to shut down after the episode. Officials for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said Thursday they sent a letter to Basso asking him to "declare moral bankruptcy" and close the restaurant.

Susan Levin, the group's director of nutrition education, says the incident should be a wake-up call that bypass operations aren't funny.

But Basso shot back, saying there are groups and governmental organizations that want to tell us what do to -- and worse, what to eat.

"There are intrusive busy-body groups that want to take away our right to have a simple hamburger, a coke, some fries and enjoy our lives the way we want to," he said.

Basso has no plans to close the restaurant.

When asked, he could not say exactly how many calories are in his Triple Bypass Burger, adding: "It's totally against everything we believe in to count calories."
Quadruple Bypass Burger

A man suffered an apparent heart attack while eating a “Triple Bypass Burger” at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was eating by himself when he began complaining of chest pains, started sweating and stuttering his words, said Jon Basso, the restaurant’s owner.

“I was in the back cooking and the nurses came back and said ‘someone is having a heart attack,’” said Basso.

At first Basso didn’t believe it because in the hospital-themed restaurant, where wait staff wear sexy nursing uniforms, and the diners are outfitted with hospital gowns, the employees and customers sometimes role play.

“No, he’s really having an f-ing heart attack,” one of the employees told Basso, he said.

Basso, who goes by the name “Dr. Jon” in the restaurant, and who plays the role in a white doctor’s coat and stethoscope, called an ambulance and paramedics were quickly on hand to treat the man, who Basso described as a normal, “run-of-the-mill” guy in his 40′s.

The customer, who is in his 40s, was reportedly recovering in a nearby Las Vegas hospital after the attack, said Basso, who is not a doctor.

The burger joint, whose slogan is “taste…worth dying for,” is known for its self-proclaimed unhealthy food. A sign on the front door reads, “Caution: This Establishment is Bad for Your Health.”

In addition to the now infamous bypass burgers, diners can also enjoy fries cooked in pure lard, and butterfat shakes. A huge neon sign above the restaurant’s door advertises ”Over 350 Lbs Eats Free”. But they must prove it, by weighing in on a scale in the middle of the restaurant.

So what’s on that Triple Bypass Burger? Three half-pound hamburger patties with buns dipped in lard, half of an onion cooked in lard, a whole tomato, 15 pieces of bacon, cheese, and special sauce.

Estimated at 6,000 calories, Basso stated the obvious when he said, the “burgers are higher cal than your typical burgers.”

The restaurant also serves the “Quadruple Bypass Burger,” estimated at 8,000 calories.

But “Dr. Jon” says calorie count may be irrelevant; heart attacks are a genetic issue. er, he said ultimately, heart attacks are a genetic issue.

In an interview with ABC News last year, Basso said his food can be viewed as “absolutely evil.”

“I genuinely hope that people continue to eat in a sinful way, but moderately,” he said. “I don’t want to see everyone come into my restaurant every day. It’s a once a week, cheat day thing.”

Basso used to own a Jenny Craig franchise and fitness center, but left the fitness business because he did not feel he was reaching anyone, he said. (what a loser)

The Heart Attack Grill came under fire last year when its spokesman, 6’8″, 570-pound, Blair River died last year of pneumonia at age 29. It is not possible to say what role River’s weight played in his death.

“I hired him to promote my food,” said Basso. “We are absolutely guilty of glorifying obesity.”

On Saturday evening, customers close enough to see the customer having a heart attack were “mortified,” said Basso.

Tourists were less sympathetic, apparently thinking they were witnessing nothing more than a fit of acting or a publicity stunt — since the restaurant sometimes wheels healthy customers in an out of the restaurant on wheelchairs.

“It was horrible, the tourists were saying ‘hold on, slow down, let me get a shot,” Basso said.

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