Our Story

In 1978 we opened our first Machine Shed Restaurant on the outskirts of Davenport, Iowa. We had just 100 seats and we were all still pretty young and green, but we started with a powerful commitment. That was a five-word constitution: “Dedicated to the American Farmer.” That dedication meant that we worked hard to have a restaurant that wasn’t just ‘farm themed’ but would be something that farmers could be proud of.

Shed Features

Kickin' Chicken Tuesdays

Kickin' Chicken Tuesdays, come in for our tender fried chicken prepared with a mix of secret spices.

Smokehouse Wednesdays

Feature varies by location, please contact your Machine Shed for details.

Friday Fish Fry

Every Friday enjoy all you care to eat Northern Atlantic Cod with all the fixin's. We serve the finest cod, lightly breaded and deep fried crisp.

Smoked Prime Rib – Saturday Only!

We hand-rub it with fresh herbs and spices, then roast it low and slow in our own special ovens to make this the most tender of beef. Served with a rich beef au jus and a creamy horseradish sauce.
Available in 10, 14 or 18 ounce cut.


Through the years, Machine Shed Restaurants have sprung up around the Midwest and have earned a bushel full of awards.


Roast Pork Loin Stuffed with Country Sage Dressing
Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off
Tangy Tenderloin Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off
Roasted Stuffed Iowa Chop with Warm Apple Raisin Dressing
and Apple Whiskey Sauce Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off
and National Pork Recipe Contest
National Pork Restaurant of the Year – National Pork Producers Council
Beef Backer Award – Iowa Beef Industry Council
Golden Butter Knife – Scott County Dairy Association

Golden Egg Award – American Egg Board
Iowa Pork Restaurant of the Year – Iowa Pork Producers
Kansas Pork Restaurant of the Year – Kansas Pork Producers
Minnesota Pork Restaurant of the Year – Minnesota Pork Producers
Best Breakfast in America – Travel Channel’s Food Paradise
Top 50 Multi-Concept Growth Companies – Nation’s Restaurant News
T.O.M. Award – National Turkey Federation