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After death of loyal customer, calls to close Heart Attack Grill


Steve Marcus

The sign for Heart Attack Grill is shown at Neonopolis in Downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.

A Washington, D.C.-based anti-meat advocacy group is asking Las Vegas authorities to close the Heart Attack Grill after the restaurant's unofficial spokesman died of a heart attack.

Officials for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said Wednesday they sent a letter the Las Vegas Department of Planning asking it to shut down the famously unhealthy restaurant to prevent another death.

Susan Levin, the group's director of nutrition education, suggested that the diner could revamp its menu and reopen under another name, perhaps, "Better for You Burger."

The death of 52-year-old John Alleman, the restaurant's unofficial mascot, made national headlines this week. In 2011, another unofficial spokesman, a 575-pound man named Blair River, died at age 29.

After that death, the committee asked the restaurant to "declare moral bankruptcy" and close.

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  1. What a bunch of self-righteous busybodies.

  2. "A Washington, D.C.-based anti-meat advocacy group is asking Las Vegas authorities to close the Heart Attack Grill..."

    We already have way too much meddling from Washington, D.C. I strolled past the HA Grill recently. Plenty of warnings on its many posters outside. Assuming its duly licensed, Las Vegas authorities should tell anti-meat to mind their own business.

    "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. . .they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." -- T.S. Eliot

  3. I'm a proud liberal, but asking for a restaurant to be closed because you don't like what they serve or think its unhealthy is absurd.

  4. Why don't these East Coast busybodies try to just eliminate LAS VEGAS altogether, what with its smoking, and gambling, and liquor, and sex?! Oh, wait, they already tried?

    Get a life, Washington. And let people live (and die) exactly how they like. "Ain't nobody's business if I do..."

  5. Grandstanding by a militant-type group, who like many others, wants to push a narrow agenda. There's not any great public outcry to close McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Carl's Jr.'s, Pizza Hut, Domino's, or Pappa John's. How many more millions of people eat at those places each day?

  6. I'm a proud liberal, too. And like most proud liberals we believe in personal responsibility. My choice is to gauge myself at the seafood buffet. But it's not a lifestyle for's a treat. The restaurant stays open as far as I'm concerned. Liberals make choices. It's conservatives who tell others how to live their lives from recent history.

  7. A Washington DC group is telling us what restaurants we should have in Las Vegas?

    What business is it of theirs?


  8. Leave the Heart Attack Grill open!. It'll probably raise awareness more than any articles written by doctors in medical journals.

  9. I've never been to the Heart Attack Grill. However, this political correctness of challenging everyone's rights is getting a little tiresome.

    Tell the Washington D.C. nutcases where they can put their next burger.

  10. I admit it! I was wrong! The moment I read the headline, I was anticipating that all of you power hungry leftists would have a field day trying to impose your will on folks. I admit it! I was wrong and am happy to be so. Not one "trusted" comment in favor of the nutcases who call themselves the "Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine." There are worse things then eating food that "clogs" your veins and one of them is losing your freedom to do so to "goody-two-shoes" like them!

  11. <<Obama was voted back in, so complete goverment control of our way of life should come as no surprise to anyone..>>

    @summerof69: Can't you read? Guess not. What an assinine statement.

    If a person already weights over 300lbs, he/she already is destined for a fatal heart attack whether they dine at this joint or go eat sea food from a buffet.

  12. <<Too bad those of us who take care of ourselves, eat healthy and exercise to maintain our health have to pay for their excesses in higher health insurance premiums>>

    And it will only get worse in the next 10-20 years when all the obese kids hit their teens with a multitude of diseases brought on by them being fat and eating unhealthy diets.

  13. hmmm. I think this time I have to steal one from the NRA! Burgers don't kill people, stupid people that eat themselves to death kill people!

  14. Eat right. Exercise. Die anyway.
    Get over it.

  15. In this day and age it is a rare occasion to find a product that actually works as advertised.

  16. Mr. Alleman's lifestyle, not the Heart Attack Grill is responsible for his death. The Grill does not misrepresent itself in any way, hence the name.

  17. I'm with Governor Chris on this. My pulse is 60. Body temp a little below normal. LOW cholesterol with high trigs and HDL. I'm no longer a skinny kid but I'm not as plump as my mother, grandmother..... I am so SICK AND TIRED of M.D.'s telling me to lose weight before they've seen my blood chemistry. Last time I was in, the nurse said something about lab staff impressed with chemistry and they didn't know that I've got the post-50 figure. I don't do marathons but I move about some. I've always walked a bit. Time for medical "arts" to figure out that some of HAVE TO weigh more than the height/weight charts--otherwise we're constantly hungry. I've even heard of a recent study that says heavier people live longer than "normals." OK so the study didn't look at morbidly obese. So maybe the charts are off some OR maybe some dna is different.

  18. No restaurant promises Eternal Life with their meals. Organizations that make those claims offer more of a Paleo Diet then grease, cheese and leaf on a sesame seed bun.

    When visiting downtown Boston, on the island, stop in at Durgin-Park. They have a large selection of fantastic prime rib dishes served at picnic tables and have been open as a restaurant since 1827. While that infers that they have an abiding business plan and a very loyal customer base, over 99% of their previous clientele are dead, but not because of the meals.

  19. Another study group passing around their Ideas. This person did not die because he ate at the Grill it is because of what he ate all of his life. How about the people who inherit bad cholesterol in their genes. I think more people are killed by crossing the roads in Las Vegas than the heart attack grill will ever do in. If you can not get drivers and pedestrians to follow the rules how in Hell do you think people will follow what to eat. We kill more people in this country with automobiles and guns and not to many solutions are in the future for this but as long as your cholesterol was down you lived a healthy but short life. Groups like the one mentioned in this article need to set guidelines not put businesses out of business because of one incident. CSI Las Vegas needs to investigate this since they film on Fremont St quite often lol.