Restaurants | Heart Of America Group - Hospitality & Real Estate

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
309.640.0070

Burger Shed
Altoona, Iowa
515.630.7433

The Republic On Grand
Des Moines, Iowa
515.518.6070

The J Bar
Olathe, Kansas
913.353.9335

The J Bar
Davenport, Iowa
563.468.6150

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Altoona, Iowa
515.957.9600

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Des Moines, Iowa
515.287.0847

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
East Peoria, Illinois
309.692.3887

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Middleton, Wisconsin
608.831.3705

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Moline, Illinois
309.736.0100

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Olathe, Kansas
913.815.2323

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Omaha, Nebraska
402.289.9210

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Sun Prairie, Wiconsin
608.856.4040

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
West Des Moines, Iowa
515.333.5665

Machine Shed
Appleton, Wisconsin
920.830.2326

Machine Shed
Davenport, Iowa
563.391.2427

Machine Shed
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
651.735.7436

Machine Shed
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
262.523.1322

Machine Shed
Rockford, Illinois
815.229.3276

Machine Shed
Urbandale, Iowa
515.270.6818

Thunder Bay Grille
Davenport, Iowa
563.386.2722

Thunder Bay Grille
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
262.523.4244

Thunder Bay Grille
Rockford, Illinois
815.397.4800

Gramma’s Kitchen
Walcott, Iowa
563.284.5055

Checkered Flag
Walcott, Iowa
563.284.5055

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