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Future unclear for shuttered Heart Attack Grill

PHOENIX - A Phoenix-area restaurant that unabashedly touts its unhealthy menu even after the death of its obese spokesman has closed but could be reopening soon.

The Arizona Republic reports that the Chandler location of the Heart Attack Grill closed about two weeks ago.

The business' phone is disconnected, and so is the Carefree home phone of owner Jon Basso.

But the eatery's website says it's closed for remodeling and should reopen June 15. The site also says the restaurant is "having challenges with the city over our building's exterior color."

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The closure comes two months after the sudden death of the restaurant's 29-year-old, 575-pound spokesman Blair River.

After River's death, Basso vowed to keep the restaurant open and pay tribute to his friend without changing the menu or his marketing technique.

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