Franchise Partner Testimonials

“We outperformed expected revenues in the first year for both lodging and food and beverage and results continue to improve. I’ve worked with a variety of other companies and one thing that stands out is that they have a track record of being successful operators themselves. Franchisors who have success as operators tend to be the best partners.”

Tom Larson
President of Larson Management, Inc.
Franchise Owner in Eau Claire, Wisconsin


“Everyone claims to be the best, but Johnny’s really is. They handled everything flawlessly, from the kitchen to the house. My team was perfectly set up to handle the guests—in ten days! One woman told us she felt like she wasn’t in Eau Claire, but in New York or Chicago. It’s a drop-dead gorgeous place, but if the staff doesn’t match the environment, it won’t work.”

Mike Adams
Managing Director
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Eau Claire, Wisconsin


“I like to show up unannounced as a guest. I did that every time when I was researching them and was always blown away by the experience. [With Johnny’s] We wanted to impress a little more; we wanted to pull the community in and help energize their downtown and Johnny’s will definitely do that. [Heart of America’s] training and ongoing support really blows you away. It feels like we’re on the ground floor of a unique trend.”

Rob Uehran
Partner, Spirit Hospitality
Franchise Owner in Cheyenne, Wyoming


“Johnny’s [has] absolutely [blown] away our guests. This is no roadside steakhouse. This does NOT feel like it’s a chain. It’s as close to fine dining as you can get without paying the price. [And] we will do another Johnny’s. I think this concept is just going to grow.”

Bob Ritter
VP Operations, Middletown Hotel Management
Franchise Owner in North Cincinnati

Praise from Customers

“I love going to Johnny’s. The food is always perfect. One of my favorites is cedar plank salmon. The customer service is how every place should be. Atmosphere is beautiful and the music is excellent (could be softer) We keep coming back and will.”

Karen E.
June 7, 2015 (Facebook)

“Great place for a steak. I thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant! Great atmosphere, ambiance, and menu, cocktails were nicely done and service was exceptional. My steak (Parmesan Crusted New York Strip) was an excellent cut of beef and prepared to perfection.”

Scott S.
June 1, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

“Went for lunch and as usal was delicious. I had the Italian beef sandwich and my friend had the reuban. I had half of his and he had half of mine. They both were very good. Service was perfect. Prices reasonable. You get what you pay for + more! I love this place. It reminds me of the old supper clubs. Only wish they’d build one by the new theater in sun prairie. I would definitely eat there more often. Love the booths but the tables are comfortable too. The staff aims to please.”

Lonnie M
May 31, 2015 (Yelp)

“Highly recommend the restaurant. Server was wonderful and food was excellent! We will come again!”

Amy B.
May 31, 2015 (Google)

“Great place to hang out, enjoy great service and Awesome food. Their patio is the best!! :-)”

Cheryl G.
May 26, 2015 (Facebook)

“One of the best! I loved that they provided room service to the hotel I stayed in. I found the food delicious and abundant and can find no fault with this restaurant. If you like authentic Italian cooking, you will find it here!”

May 26, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

“It would be impossible to say a single bad thing about this place. We’re from out of town and stayed at the Hilton across the street. We were looking for a nice place to eat and decided to come to Johnnys since it was close and the hotel said it was good. When we arrived they opened the door for us and we were greeted by wonderfully friendly staff. Our server Claire was as nice, fast, and professional as can be. Both me and my wife got the medallion trio and the meat was outstanding. The roasted banana cheesecake was delicious. Probably not the most important thing but the bathroom was very nice and each toilet had its own dedicated room. Overall a great experience :)”

Charlie S.
May 30, 2015 (Google)

“Like Bloody Marys? Johnnys makes a meal out of them. Their food is even better and atmosphere is very nice. A half moon booth in the blue neon bar with a bloody mary in hand. I’ll be back.”

May 30, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

 “As a frequent traveler for business it is refreshing to find such a good restaurant so close to the airport. Yes, us road warriors tend to stay close to our departure gates. Restaurant is well appointed and pays homage to the chairman of the board. As an Italian American I get it! I had the veal Sinatra and it was outstanding. So to you road warriors out there…next time in Des Moines take this Italian Americans advice…its Johnny’s Steakhouse!”

Mark F.
May 21, 2015 (Yelp)

“Great service, wonderful food and nice selection of wines. Nice lunch specials every day. Always pleased.”

Dave D
May 20, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

“I have never been disappointed when dining at Johnny’s. Salmon was fantastic and drink menu extensive. Highly recommend.”

May 20, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

“This was another place around Eau Claire that the steaks were just mouth watering, the bone-in ribeye and the filet, YUM. Our waitress was so fun and patient. The atmosphere was fun, romantic, relaxing, interesting and just awesome.”

Forrest L
March 26, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

“I am lucky enough to be staying at the hotel that this is located in and had supper there last night. I ordered the Moscato, saw it was rec. and it was very good. And I had the Petite filet with the “Marilyn” toppings. Also ordered the goat cheese salad. The salad was wonderful, the cheese was encrusted and I loved it that way. The steak was cooked perfectly and it was delicious. Yes, it is a little above what I usually would spend, but when it’s great food, it’s worth it too me! Can’t wait to go again tonight! :)”

March 26, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

“Ate here with wife for a night out on town. Great food great drinks. Not cheap but worth every penny.”

March 21, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

“I ate at the bar and both the food and the service were outstanding. Try the mushrooms stuffed with Italian sausage. Perfect!”

March 11, 2015 (TripAdvisor)

“The service was OUTSTANDING, the food very good. A thumbs up.”

Opentable Diner
March 10, 2015

“This restaurant is inside the Holiday Inn. The server staff was great and helpful. The food was excellent. (Drinks were good, too).”

Mike H.
March 10, 2015 (TripAdvisor)