The Heart Attack Grill, which proudly sells unhealthy dishes in Las Vegas, was recently featured on Showtimeâ€™s documentary series "7 Deadly Sins."
Blair River and John Alleman, who worked for the Heart Attack Grill, died from real heart attacks, but the restaurant's owner â€śDoctor Jonâ€ť Basso showed no regret, report MedicalDaily.com (video below).
"It's a sacrifice that has to be made," Basso told Showtime. "Somebody has gotta stand here and say, 'Screw it. Wake up, world. You're fat.' No, I'm not going to call you plus-size. I'm not gonna say you're portly. No, you're fat. Lose some weight, or just hurry up and die and be done with it."
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The Heart Attack Grill dresses its waitresses as nurses and customers as patients. The menu includes the â€śQuadruple Bypass Burger,â€ť which has close to 10,000 calories, and "Butter Fat Shakes."
Basso recalled that during one heart attack in his restaurant, "One of the 'nurses' ran back to the kitchen and she says, 'Doctor Jon, someone is having a heart attack.' And I said, 'Business is good!'"
Basso tries to come across as kind by allowing people over 350 pounds to eat free, noted Gawker.
"We have a huge electronic cattle scale in the middle of the restaurant," said Basso. "And if you weigh over 350 lbs., you eat absolutely free. They get on that scale, they give a big muscle shot, but then they go home and they go, 'Wow, I'm gonna die. I'm a fat freak, and that's why everyone was applauding for me.'"
In another creepy moment, Basso hopes his young daughter someday takes over the business and dresses sexy.
"My daughter's 10 and in four or five years, she's gonna be at the door as a receptionist wearing this slinky little nurse outfit." added Basso. "My greatest hope is that she does run this company and continues with the same message in multiple locations, in different languages."