Heart Attack Grill's 'Bypass' burgers
The Heart Attack Grill has made headlines with its fatty foods -- meals that regularly weigh in at nearly 10,000 calories. It's a lifestyle that carries risk -- even the owner says so. The grills' record-setting Quadruple Bypass burger weighs in over three pounds and has nearly 200 calories per ounce. That works out to more than 9,500 calories.
More: Customer at Heart Attack Grill suffers heart attack
Owner calls customers risk-takers (Samson Loo / Flickr /May 31, 2009)
Burger King Worldwide is making its second foray into France, attempting to endear its Whopper sandwich to a country known for its foie gras, fine wines and general culinary excellence.
The chain opened a branch Saturday at the Marseille airport -- its first Gallic pit stop since pulling nearly 40 mostly unprofitable locations from the nation in 1997 (hat tip to the Associated Press).
This time, Burger King paired up with Autogrill Group, which runs about 900 eateries in highways, airports, railway stations and shopping centers in more than a dozen countries. The partnership will bring Burger King deeper into France, as well as Switzerland, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany and Holland.
Autogrill already operates more than 100 Burger Kings in North America and dozens in Europe.
Next up in France? A Burger king in Reims, a city in the Champagne region often touted as a key epicurean center, according to Autogrill.
Miami-based Burger King has some catching up to do. Rival McDonald’s has been active in France since 1979 and has more than 1,200 restaurants and 63,000 employees in the country.
Last year, the Golden Arches began testing sleek new restaurant prototypes in France, created by Parisan designer Patrick Norguet.
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