Heart of America Group

Heart of America Group opened its first restaurant, The Machine Shed, in June of 1978. More than three decades later, Heart of America now owns and operates numerous restaurants encompassing four brands – The Machine Shed™, Thunder Bay, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse™ and The J-Bar.

Heart of America Group is a vertically integrated company, ready and able to supply guidance in fields such as architecture, construction, graphic design, interior design, marketing, operations, social media, supply chain management and website management. From its headquarters and operational support center in Moline, IL, Heart of America Group encompasses over 2,500 personnel. It is this multitude and depth of experience that the company brings to each new Johnny’s location.

As a family organization, Heart of America Group delights in maintaining personal relationships with all its franchise partners. To learn more about the company, visit the Heart of America Group homepage.