Thursday, February 04, 2010
This is ree-dicurous
I like a good hamburger as much as the next man who's gotta eat ... but this is ridiculous:
Well this should be interesting to watch. Two restaurants that unapologetically do harm to their patrons are now trying to do harm to each other.
The owner of an Arizona restaurant called Heart Attack Grill, an eatery that dishes up artery-clogging burger-and-fries, including the so-called Quadruple Bypass Burger (pictured), has filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of a Florida restaurant called Heart Stoppers Sports Grill, accusing them of stealing his idea for a heart-attack-inducing menu. ...
"Heart Attack Grill is the originator of the medically themed hamburger grill and restaurant," the South Florida Sun-Sentinel quoted Basso’s lawyer, Robert Kain, as saying. "It sells high-calorie food products and we have had very extensive media coverage, including numerous shows on the Travel Channel and the Food Network."
Kain told Slashfood that the Heart Stoppers owners had been in talks to acquire a Heart Attack Grill franchise license before they broke off negotiations. In December, they opened their own restaurant instead.
The lawsuit outlines a handful of ways Heart Stoppers is allegedly similar, including signs with EKG heart monitors on them, waitresses dressed as nurses and offers of free food to patrons weighing more than 350 pounds.
But a lawyer for Heart Stoppers claimed the restaurants were different. "It’s not the same concept," Eric Lee told Slashfood. "The Arizona restaurant’s concept is high-caloric food that is bad for you and will basically kill you ... My guys have a restaurant that is medically themed ... My clients’ restaurant seems more like an actual medical facility."
Here's my question: Wouldn't it make more sense to offer free food to really, really thin people? Watching a flyweight feller tackle that big-ass hamburger would be far more amusing that watching some fat tub gorging on it.