Restaurants - Heart Of America Group

Heart of America opened its first restaurant, The Iowa Machine Shed, in June of 1978. Over forty years later, Heart of America has added additional brands to the portfolio which include: Thunder Bay Grille, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Gramma’s Kitchen, Checkered Flag, The Republic on Grand and The J Bar.

“Working at Heart of America Group is like working with family - many of us have grown up together. Mike and Kim give us the ability to run our businesses like they are our own - which makes us all deeply attached to the work we do, and take pride in running a great restaurant.”

JEFF GRUNDER, Chief Operating Executive Machine Shed Davenport

Our Locations


Fifth Avenue Syndicate
Moline, Illinois

Burger Shed
Altoona, Iowa

The Republic On Grand
Des Moines, Iowa

The J Bar
Olathe, Kansas

The J Bar
Davenport, Iowa

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Altoona, Iowa

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Des Moines, Iowa

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
East Peoria, Illinois

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Middleton, Wisconsin

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Moline, Illinois

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Olathe, Kansas

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Omaha, Nebraska

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Sun Prairie, Wiconsin

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
West Des Moines, Iowa

Machine Shed
Appleton, Wisconsin

Machine Shed
Davenport, Iowa

Machine Shed
Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Machine Shed
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Machine Shed
Rockford, Illinois

Machine Shed
Urbandale, Iowa

Thunder Bay Grille
Davenport, Iowa

Thunder Bay Grille
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Thunder Bay Grille
Rockford, Illinois

Gramma’s Kitchen
Walcott, Iowa

Checkered Flag
Walcott, Iowa

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