Johnny's Italian Steakhouse Altoona - Heart Of America Group


Kevin Berger

Managing Director

Start Date: 9/21/2015
Personal Highlights

Kevin and his wife Janel have three daughters, Jordan, an ELL teacher in Des Moines, MacKenzie, a chef at Hyperion Field Club and Hannah, a Sophomore at Grand Canyon University, studying Psychology and Counseling. They live in Urbandale with Harley; their Beagle Coonhound mix that the girls rescued from the ARL and gave to Kevin for Father’s Day last year.

Erica Sears

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 7/12/2017
Personal Highlights

When I’m not working, I can generally be found reading anything written by Jodi Picoult, couponing or spending time with my husband and five-year-old son. 

Daniel Frank

Culinary Maestro

Start Date: 3/10/1995

Hannah Smith

Sous Chef

Start Date: 11/1/2016

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.


Operations Support Center - Moline
1501 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265
P: 309.797.9300
F: 309.797.8700

Operations Support Center - Des Moines
515 E Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309