Machine Shed Appleton - Heart Of America Group


Robert Wenzel

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 3/5/2010

Bill Sauriol

Back Of House Executive

Start Date: 4/1/2018
Personal Highlights

When not working I cycle like 3000 miles a season. Spend most of my time with my two dogs. All and all I enjoy the outdoors, reading real books, and most of all my music. I also do a lot of baking at home. I was a baker for many years.

Phillip Gustafson

Back Of House Executive

Start Date: 6/1/1985
Val Bernardino

Val Bernardino

Back Of House Executive

Start Date: 1999
Personal Highlights

In my free time I like to spend time with my family, my two daughters named Gabriella and Valerie, keep me busy. We love to have cook outs or go to the park and play soccer. While I’m very excited to be part of the Executive team , it is my dream to go back to college and finish my degree I started pre pandemic as a chef.

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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