Gramma's Kitchen Walcott - Heart Of America Group


Barry Stanley

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 10/16/2000

Brandon Dittmer

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 11/19/2018
Personal Highlights

Started cooking in restaurants when I was 17 and found a passion for making people happy with my food inside and outside of work. I have always enjoyed customer service and I am looking forward to what the future holds for me. Been cooking my whole adult life, love having friends over and cooking for them. Came from a big family where the food was the centerpiece of our family get together’s. When I’m not doing that, I spend my time traveling to see my favorite bands at varying venues, and spending time with my wife and dog, Duke.

Ryan Terry

Back Of House Executive

Start Date: 6/14/2018

Robert Estes

Kitchen Executive

Start Date: 5/16/1997

About Heart Of America

Starting with one, 100-seat restaurant in 1978, Heart of America Group has grown to include a portfolio of award-winning owned and operated restaurants, hotels and commercial developments. Noteworthy brands developed and operated by Heart of America Group include the Machine Shed Restaurant, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, The Republic on Grand, Hotel Renovo, Wildwood Lodge, Thunder Bay Grille, and The J Bar. We pride ourselves in building long-lasting properties that bring value to the consumer and to the communities in which we build.


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515 E Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309