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Themed Restaurant True To Its Name


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • triple bypass: a surgical procedure to prevent blockage to the heart
  • flatline: to register no brain waves or heartbeat on a monitor
  • mascot: a person or character that brings attention to a brand, team, or establishment
  • die-hard: extremely devoted
  • entice: attract and convince
  • payroll: the list of people who get paid by a business

Themed Restaurant True To Its Name

The Heart Attack Grill, a hospital-themed restaurant in , offers free food to anyone who weighs over 350 pounds. The menu items are referred to as “prescriptions”, and include unhealthy choices such as triple bypass burgers, flatliner , buttermilk shakes and filterless cigarettes. Food is served to “patients” by waitresses dressed as . Patients who can eat the biggest burgers are wheeled out of the restaurant in a wheelchair. In 2013, the unofficial mascot of the Heart Attack Grill, a man who ate there daily for many years, actually died of a heart attack. The die-hard patron, who referred to himself as “patient John”, wore a hospital and often stood at the entrance to entice people to enter. Patient John was on the menu and on souvenir T-shirts, but was never on the payroll.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where is this restaurant located?
  2. What is unique about the servers?
  3. Who was patient John?

Discussion Questions: Many visitors to Las Vegas disapprove of this restaurant. They say that obesity is no laughing matter. Do you agree or disagree?

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