Heart Attack Grill Not Closing: "Taste Worth Dying For" Lives On -- Maybe.

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​What the hell is going on with the Heart Attack Grill?

Last Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that the fast food restaurant in Chandler, famous for scantily clad "nurses" serving up such sky-high caloric fare as Bypass Burgers and fries cooked in pure lard, had closed. The news came three months after the death of the restaurant's 29-year-old, 575-pound spokesman, Blair River.

The next day, Thursday, June 2, the Arizona Republic reported that Heart Attack Grill owner Jon Basso said he's not closing and that he had shut down the restaurant temporarily "to put a few posters on the wall." He also said he was in a dispute with the city of Chandler over the color of paint on his restaurant and that he'll open a new location in downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale if he can't resolve it.

Sheesh, such drama -- and it gets better. Wait 'til you hear what Basso says about the city of Chandler.

According to the Arizona Republic, Basso recently opened a second location in Dallas and said he's using the time when the Chandler restaurant is closed to build his business there.

Regarding the dispute with Chandler, Basso is quoted as saying:

"Chandler has threatened to seek criminal action against me because they don't like my shade of white. I bring more tourists to city of Chandler than any other business . . . I don't need Chandler. The Texas business environment is so darned friendly that it makes me question the wisdom of ever returning to Arizona."

The sign on Heart Attack Grill's door says it will reopen on Wednesday, June 15, but Basso told the Republic that if he can't make nice with the landlord and the city, "we will certainly reopen at end of summer at a new location in downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale."

What say you, burger jury? Should Heart Attack Grill stay in Chandler? Move to Scottsdale or Phoenix? Or can Dallas have the "taste worth dying for?"


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19 comments
Friend of former employee
Friend of former employee

first off they violate health code... waitresses sitting on the counter not allowed to wear stocking with their nursing outfits... so a bare butt is literally on the counter. The owner is psychotic.... Chandler PD is just fed up of his better than grace crazy attitude.... He lost his business partner due to his antics and tantrums.... oh and the Texas location lasted a mere hours. This place is disgusting and you get what you deserve... hence the fact they're closed and he doesnt seem to have the resources to move..... get over yourself and realize your attitude is the problem . The concept is not that bad..... just the owner and his antics

Jmkoss
Jmkoss

What a negative group of people....I thought the Heart Attack Grill was a neat place for out of town vistors.  I bet most of you have eaten worst food that is bad for your health than food fryed in lard.  I grew up when lard was all we had, and I'm healtier than the average. 

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

One does not have to close for a few days to put up posters.

The part I love about all of this is that the restaurant is the owner's marketing thesis in action. When the place started out the burgers were fantastic. But now, he has proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that if you do enough outrageous marketing stunts, nobody cares about the food anymore.

JK
JK

Hey move to Scottsdale or Phoenix, it sure would make it closer for me, since I live in the West Valley.  I take all my company to the Heart Attack Grill, and they love it, and they go home telling all their friends....and guess what?  Their friends want to come to Phoenix area just to go to the Heart Attack Grill......What a fun place to take guest!

Telemark1004
Telemark1004

Go John Go. I wish I could get this kind of advertising for business...

Guest123
Guest123

Get the hell out of Chandler and open near the stadium downtown.

Davie1993
Davie1993

The food is disgusting and the burgers have a weird taste. I say let them go. 

FeedingFrenzy
FeedingFrenzy

this place gets way more hype than it is worth.  let texas have them...

anon1244
anon1244

hey there, fofe - chances are you won't see this, but im really interested in the heart attack grill and its history and some of your thoughts. if you'd be willing/interested in sharing more, email me at anon1244@gmail.com. thanks!

Junglejim0745
Junglejim0745

Amen brother, I think the people posting negative comments about the HAG are either just too cheap to eat there, or have  no idea what a REAL BURGER should taste like. We drive from Sierra Vista to eat there, tastes just like the hay field burger we ate when I was a teenager working my ass off processing hay. No fast food crap even comes close to the Heart Attack Grills ByPass burgers.

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