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DC Group Calls For Closure Of Heart Attack Grill

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Washington-based health advocacy group is asking the owner of a Las Vegas restaurant that prides itself on unhealthy meals to shut it down after a customer suffered a medical episode and was hospitalized.

Officials for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said Thursday they sent a letter to Heart Attack Grill owner Jon Basso, asking him to “declare moral bankruptcy” and close the restaurant.

Susan Levin, the group’s director of nutrition education, says the incident should be a wake-up call that bypass operations aren’t funny.

Basso says he hasn’t received the letter. He previously expressed sorrow for the victim, an unidentified man in his 40s. Basso says it wasn’t a stunt, and he felt bad that tourists in the restaurant at the time thought it was a joke.

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