LAS VEGAS (AP) - Laughing tourists were either cynical or confused
about whether a man was really suffering a medical episode amid the
"doctor," ''nurses" and health warnings at the Heart Attack Grill in Las
Vegas, a restaurant owner said Wednesday.
"It was no joke," said
Jon Basso, who promotes himself "Doctor Jon," his scantily-clad
waitresses as nurses and customers as patients.
Basso said he
could tell right away the man in his 40s eating a Triple Bypass burger
was having trouble. He was sweating, shaking and could barely talk.
were called Saturday night, fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said, and the
man was hospitalized. His name and information about his condition
weren't made public.
Giggles can be heard on the soundtrack of
amateur video showing the man on a stretcher being wheeled out of the
restaurant where patrons pass an antique ambulance at the door and a
sign: "Caution! This establishment is bad for your health."
are given surgical gowns as they choose from a calorically extravagant
menu offering "Bypass" burgers, "Flatliner" fries, buttermilk shakes and
free meals to folks over 350 pounds.
Basso said he hopes the man is OK, and added that he felt bad for him because tourists treated his misfortune like a joke.
"We would never pull a stunt like that," he said.