Our Restaurants


Heart of America opened its first restaurant, The Iowa Machine Shed, in June of 1978. More than thirty years later, Heart of America now owns and operates eighteen restaurants that include four brands: The Machine Shed, Thunder Bay Restaurant, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, and The J-Bar.

Each restaurant is an original concept that we design, construct, and operate within a five state Midwest region. To learn more about the brands, click on the logos above.