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

Each restaurant is an original concept that we design, construct, and operate within a five state Midwest region. Click on the restaurant logo to visit that restaurant’s website.