Thunder Bay Grille Pewaukee - Heart Of America Group

Pewaukee

Laura Michel

Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 10/22/2018
Personal Highlights

I began working in restaurant and customer service when I was 15. I held a few supervisor positions along the way and after college, I was offered a salaried management position. The hours are long and lots of weekends are lost, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

I met my husband, Brian, in college; we now have a beautiful little boy, Brandon. Before Brandon, I was a cat mom to Emmett and Emma. Who are content to stay home when the boys and I go hiking, camping, and swimming in warmer weather. We spend a lot of time with family all year round.

Eliel “Levi” Torrijos

Eliel “Levi” Torrijos

Executive Chef
Start Date: 2/24/2022
Personal Highlights

I started working for the restaurant industry when I was eighteen years old at Fleming’s Prime Steak House as a food runner . I enjoyed watching my coworkers cook all kinds of different meals with flavors and taste. Seeing them go out to each guest table was so amazing. This was a great experience. After I spent five years at Fleming’s as a food runner I realized I wanted to start cooking food as well with passion and dedication in hopes of one day becoming a successful chef in this industry. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants gave me the opportunity to practice my skill as a cook, working my way up from dish washer to a team leader and kitchen supervisor. I have seven years of loyalty and great experiences with Cooper’s Hawk Winery. It left me with a great rewarding experience of learning. I have worked with numerous chefs that have given me a great experience through coaching and encouragement. This has motivated me to become a successful chef. When I’m not at work I spend time with my girlfriend Jaime. I love to cook home meals with her as well as dining in different restaurants. I spend the summer and sometimes winter playing soccer , watching tv cooking shows like chef Gordon Ramsay or chopped. I play videos games sometimes and like to attend music festivals like summer fest or state fair when possible.

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Front of House Executive
Start Date: 10/5/21
Personal Highlights

I was born and raised in Northbrook, Illinois until I was 12 when my family moved up to Wisconsin. I first joined the service industry when I was 16 years old as a host at Stir Crazy. After working there and moving my way up to server lead, I landed a manager job at a small Italian restaurant called Louise’s. It was here where I fell in love with serving people fresh homemade cuisine and the importance of making personal connections with your customers. I grew up playing basketball, football, and volleyball, but my most loved sport will always be golf. In my free time you can usually find me out on the golf course, enjoying live concerts or yelling at the T.V. because the Bears or Cubbies are on. I have a wonderful 8-year-old boy who keeps me busy and is already beating me at Mario Kart.

Tyler Schultz

Tyler Schultz

Front Of House Executive
Start Date: 4/25/2022
Personal Highlights

I am an avid disc golfer. You can find me out on the courses year-round as I play competitively in tournaments.

Brandon Nelson

Brandon Nelson

Back Of House Executive
Start Date: 2/24/2022
Personal Highlights

I started cooking professionally in 2010 working a number of different cuisines including American, Japanese, Korean and Italian . My most notable experience being Mason Street Grill inside the Pfister hotel. I moved into restaurant management in 2019 and I have been a part of two restaurant openings. My last job was Sous Chef of Cafe Central in Bayview. In my free time I enjoy playing games with friends and playing my instruments. I also enjoy spending time with my family and hunting.

Monte Jones

Monte Jones

Back Of House Executive
Start Date: 11/29/2021
Personal Highlights

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, cooking on Holidays, and Dee Jaying for concerts, at venues such as Summerfest and other musical festivals.

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.

Locations

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