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Delicious steaks, impeccable service make Johnny’s a stand-out restaurant

Kevin and Karen Urick are touring the Quad-Cities one meal at a time for the column Dinner for Two. The Geneseo couple love everything about food. They grow food, travel the world for food, enjoy eating all styles of food and look forward to sharing their passion with readers! The column will appear periodically in the Your Food section. If you know of a place you want them to review, email them at quadcitiesrestaurants@gmail.com. -- Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, 1300 River Drive, Moline. 309-736-0100, johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com/moline/ A great steak is the ...

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Illinois chain’s staff gets an Army training perspective

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse has taken a unique approach to developing employee camaraderie. The Moline, Ill.-based casual-dining chain partnered with the Iowa National Guard on a training program last spring that consisted of hands-on workshops and talks from service members on teamwork and leadership. “We wanted to do something different besides a lecture-and-learn series,” Ajay Singh, vice president of business development at Johnny’s, told Nation’s Restaurant News. The chain currently has 11 units, with six in development. Last April, the Iowa ...

Johnny’s Bringing Business Back to Secondary and Tertiary Markets

Though secondary and tertiary markets are wonderful places in which to live, work and raise a family, they don’t always have the full panoply of dining options seen in their big town brethren. Conventional thinking states it’s because there aren’t enough people to service more upscale dining options. But that’s simply not true. That’s why Chambers of Commerce throughout the country are increasingly seeking to bring more upscale restaurants to their markets. It’s because they realize there is lots of untapped potential for these restaurants to thrive, ...

Unchaining from the Mainstream

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse Moline
There’s a major shift happening in the restaurant industry, and you can thank both the Food Network and The Experience Economy for the dramatic change in the way people want to eat. Don’t worry, nothing sinister is afoot. But two predominant factors have united in the consumer mindset that’s changing where many diners want to spend their money eating out. Rather than stick to the typical very well-known national branded restaurant companies, people want to feel like they are breaking away from the mega brands seen on every Main Street in the country. Plus, a ...

Reinventing the hotel management mindset

Johnny's Server
It’s time to start thinking differently about the relationship between hotels and the F&B within them. Conventional wisdom tells us hoteliers are firmly in charge. But what if we told you after nearly 40 years operating restaurants and hotels, it’s clear those trained on the F&B side of the business can make for more effective hotel managers. It’s a startling observation that surprised us too. It’s just such an outrageous concept that’s diametrically opposed to everything we’ve been taught as industry professionals. Yet, as much as we tried to convince ...