Machine Shed Lake Elmo - Heart Of America Group

Lake Elmo

Nick Corbin

Chief Operating Executive

Personal Highlights

I started out in the restaurant industry when I was 15 as a prep cook. Since then I have worked every position. I graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Business Administration Degree. I am very family oriented and love spending time with my nephew and niece. I also enjoy fishing and camping with friends. I am very excited about continuing in management with Heart of America Group as I have loved working for the company these past several years.

Branden Larson

Executive Chef

Personal Highlights

I first started working in the service industry for axel’s Bonfire when i was 18 years old. I started as a dishwasher and then worked my way up to learning every station on the line then becoming a closing supervisor. I then moved on to being an assistant kitchen manager for the Tavern Grill in Woodbury from the years of 2012 – early 2018 I was then promoted to the Executive Chef of the Blaine location. I worked in Blaine until 7/2/2019 Until excepting my position As Executive chef of Machine Shed.

Stephen Palmer

FOH Executive

Aaron Odland

Front Of House Executive

Personal Highlights

Outside of work I enjoy relaxing with friends and family. I enjoy working outside and with my hands whenever I get a chance. I’m always a fan of great food and good company. I also love to watch football or baseball and going to a game every now and then.

Laura McKenna

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 9/6/2019
Personal Highlights

Step mom to an 11teen year old boy, who is already almost as tall as me. Ugh. Family and pets take up most of my time outside of work, with an occasional ladies lunch from time to time

Kyle Moncada

Back Of House Executive

Start Date: 10/21/2019
Personal Highlights

Outside of work I love spending time with family and friends, whether it’s golfing or down at the cabin as long as I’m with good company I’m having a good time. Being a new home owner in the area I’ve learned that I love to host and bring friends and family together.

Kevin Jaros

Maintenance Housekeeper

Start Date: 5/13/2019
Personal Highlights

Early in my career I was an Airline Mechanic for a major carrier. I chose to be home more and raise a family. I was self-employed in the remodeling business for more than 12 years. For the past 6 years I have been leading maintenance engineers in senior living communities. I didn’t realize at first, but now have developed a strong passion for serving others in any capacity.

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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