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Vegas restaurant proud of 'heart attack' menu

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The Heart Attack Grill opens Wednesday The Heart Attack Grill opens Wednesday
A sign at the entrance encourages diners to eat free if they weigh over 350 pounds A sign at the entrance encourages diners to eat free if they weigh over 350 pounds
At least The Heart Attack Grill has one of these At least The Heart Attack Grill has one of these

A controversial restaurant is coming to the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The Heart Attack Grill is set to open Wednesday and offer a bold diagnosis.

"Sin City needs The Heart Attack Grill," said Dr. Jon, the restaurant's proprietor. Although he is not recognized by the American Medical Association, Dr. Jon is keen on offering diagnoses through his costumed surgeons who cook the food and scantily-clad nurses who serve the food.

The restaurant is located at the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, with a giant neon sign atop the entrance that reads "Over 350 Lbs Eat Free."

From the moment you walk through the door, the burger joint has a clinical feel. Diners are required to wear hospital gowns, while the nurses wear stethoscopes and check your pulse before you dive into your meal.

"I make sure all patients are happy, content, well-fed," said nurse Stephanie Williams.

The Fremont Street location is the third for The Heart Attack Grill. The original restaurant in Arizona recently closed to make way for the Las Vegas venture. Another operation runs in Dallas, TX.

"There needs to be a medical clinic that reaches into the real person - the real person who wants to eat a greasy hamburger and enjoy it," Dr. Jon said.

Items on the menu include: "Bypass Burgers" which vary in size of one to four patties (single bypass-quadruple bypass). The burgers contain generous portions of cheese, tomatoes, onions, bacon and lard-covered buns. The "Flatliner Fries" are also cooked in lard, and a "Butterfat Milkshake" awaits those looking for an indulgent beverage.

While the Quadruple Bypass burger is reported to check-in at 8,000 calories, the staff admits the exact count is unknown.

"Whether it's a million calories or one calorie… we're not going to count. We're not going to care," Dr. Jon said.

One of the perks is that if you weigh over 350 pounds, you eat for free.

"If you're over 350 pounds, you got health issues. You need to go to the doctor," said one woman passing by the new establishment Monday.

When asked if he feels guilty for providing such unhealthy foods, Dr. Jon said, "I deliver to people on a day to day basis exactly what they want… A few extra calories, and a few extra pounds, but a lot of extra fun."

"Vegas is a very interesting and kooky place," Williams said. "It's the perfect place for us in general."

There are still job openings at The Heart Attack Grill, including a spokesmodel. The original spokesman for the Arizona restaurant, Blair River, died of pneumonia at the age of 29 in March 2011. He reportedly weighed 575 pounds.

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