London, Feb 2 (ANI): The owner of the Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Arizona has sued the owners of the Heart Stoppers Sports Grill in Delray Beach, Florida over a medical disaster theme.
The Heart Attack Grill is a hospital-themed restaurant, which has become famous for embracing and promoting an unhealthy diet of extremely large hamburgers.
Jon Basso, owner of the Heart Attack Grill, claims that Iggy Lena and Bob Kutnick stole his idea of a restaurant specialising in high-cholesterol food when they created the Heart Stoppers Sports Grill.
Basso's lawsuit demands that the pair cease and desist - change their medical disaster theme or stop trading.
But a lawyer for Heart Stoppers insists that the two are "completely different", saying that the Florida eatery's menu does not include Single and Double Bypass hamburgers like the Arizona restaurant.
Robert Kain, a lawyer for Basso, said the lawsuit counts about 30 similarities between the two restaurants, from the EKG heart monitor imagery on their logo to the free food offer for customers over 350 pounds.
Lena and Kutnick admit that they were aware of the Heart Attack Grill, and that they had originally discussed with Basso the possibility of a Heart Attack Grill franchise in south Florida.
According to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, they later dismissed the idea, with their lawyer Eric Lee saying the two places were different.
"The Heart Stoppers' theme is completely different," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"That's one of the reasons they didn't continue discussions with Basso, because they weren't interested in his theme.
"They didn't steal the same trademarked Single Bypass, Double Bypass burger that he does. They didn't limit their menu like he does. They don't require their nurses to dress in a provocative manner.
"It changed the clientele from the Hooters-type crowd to a family-type restaurant," he added. (ANI)